Crashes on icy I-65 send four to area hospitals

2012-12-29T15:00:00Z 2012-12-30T09:59:04Z Crashes on icy I-65 send four to area hospitalsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 29, 2012 3:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Icy conditions Saturday on Interstate 65 in Merrillville resulted in six vehicles colliding, sending four to area hospitals.

According to Indiana State Police, at 4:18 a.m., a white 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling northbound on I-65 just north of Ridge Road when it spun out on the icy roads and struck the median. The driver, a 31-year-old Rensselaer man, got out of his car to check on the damage when a black 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche lost control and spun out.

The Avalanche struck the Cavalier, pushing it into the Rensselaer man and forcing him over the median wall. The Rensselaer man was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Hobart with complaints of neck, back and body pain, police said.

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The driver of the Avalanche, a 19-year-old Georgia man, and his two passengers, two adults also from Georgia, were transported to The Methodist Hospitals' Northlake Campus in Gary with complaints of neck pain.

Both the Avalanche and the Cavalier were totaled in the crash.

Police said four other vehicles also lost control and were damaged at the same location. There were no other injuries reported as a result of those crashes. Two of the vehicles drove away with minimal damage and the other two were heavily damaged.

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