An Indiana State Police trooper escaped injury Thursday morning after a car hit his squad on Interstate 65 while he was standing nearby talking to a stranded motorist.
Trooper Brandon Henderson responded to a single-vehicle crash at 4:35 a.m. on northbound I-65 just north of the 61st Avenue exit in Hobart. A 2002 Dodge Ram had hit a slick spot on the left lane there, causing the driver to lose control, spin out and hit the guardrail on the shoulder.
The Ram, driven by a Lake Station man, came to rest facing north on the guardrail.
Henderson parked his fully marked 2002 Dodge Charger squad car behind the Ram with its emergency lights on and went to talk to the driver of the Ram.
Henderson was standing next to the driver's window of the Ram at 4:45 a.m. when a 1994 Toyota Camry being driven by Chris A. Bracamontes, 27, of Merrillville, approached in the center lane. Bracamontes moved to the left lane, hit a slick spot and spun out of control, hitting the back of Henderson's squad and pushing it into the back of the Ram.
Neither Henderson nor the driver of the Ram were injured. Bracamontes was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in Hobart with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Bracamontes was cited for driving while suspended.
The state police Charger was totaled in the crash.