LAKE STATION | A tow truck driver and another man were hospitalized Saturday morning with multiple injuries after being hit by a drunken driver, according to Indiana State Police.
Police said Alex Harwell, 31, of Flossmoor, was westbound on Interstate 94, just east of the Central Avenue exit, when his 2003 Chevrolet Impala side-swiped a 2001 Mazda SUV that was disabled and parked along the outer shoulder.
Harwell continued past the SUV and hit tow truck driver Todd Cox, 26, of Lake Station, who was tending to the SUV, police said.
The tow truck was parked just west of the SUV with its emergency lights on, and Cox was wearing a reflective jacket when he was struck by Harwell’s Impala, police said.
Cox suffered a dislocated shoulder, a head injury and both of his legs were broken, police said.
David Marshall, 51, of Hammond, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the Mazda, suffered a broken leg and ankle.
Both were taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
Harwell initially tried to portray himself to troopers as a witness to the crash, police said. Evidence at the scene showed that Harwell’s Impala was involved, police said.
Harwell was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. Police said his blood alcohol content was 0.13, which is more than the legal limit of 0.08.
Police said the right lane of I-94 was closed for two hours for investigation and removal of the injured men and their vehicles.