Trees uprooted at Porter County park; volunteers sought to help cleanup

2013-06-25T18:03:00Z 2013-06-25T19:08:21Z Trees uprooted at Porter County park; volunteers sought to help cleanupTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 25, 2013 6:03 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Several 100-year-old-trees were uprooted in Monday's storm at Porter County's historic Sunset Hill Park.

Park employees were assessing the damage and clearing trees on Tuesday morning, hoping to get the park ready for use by the weekend, said Geri Rose, county parks director of marketing and communications.

Rose said no buildings were damaged, and park workers have not yet assessed how many trees are down on the park's trails.

But many of trees near the entrance are damaged, and Rose said park workers are asking volunteers to assist them in clearing the debris.

She said volunteers need not bring equipment. They can just show up at the park and let workers know they are there to help.

Rose said two events are planned for Saturday: Living it Up from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., which benefits Special Olympics, and 24 Hour Run, in which teams of runners remain on the trails for 24 continuous hours.

For more information, call Rose at (219) 405-4112.

The windy storm also contributed to other accidents in Porter County on Monday.

Three people were airlifted to Illinois hospitals after a crash about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Calumet Avenue, according to Porter County Sheriff David Lain.

Lain said power was out in the area and the traffic signal at the intersection was not working when a passenger car north on Calumet Avenue slammed into the trailer of a westbound semi.

Lain said the passenger car was wedged beneath the semitrailer. The three people in the car could not be extricated until a wrecker lifted the trailer off the car.

Police did not release the names of the people in the car, but said all were from Northwest Indiana. The driver was a middle-age man, and the passengers were a teen boy and a teen girl.

Lain said there is no indication that alcohol was a factor, but toxicology tests will be performed.

The driver of the truck was from out state, Lain said. He was not injured.

Lain said the accident remains under investigation.

County police also responded to a storm-related accident at 6:35 p.m. on Indian Boundary Road, just east of Honey Shade. Police said a large tree fell on a westbound car. The driver of the car had just minor injuries to his arms, according to police. The car sustained heavy front-end damage.

Chesterton police said a large branch fell on a 1981 Fiat Spider parked in the 100 block of West Lincoln Avenue. No one was injured. Police estimated the damage at $8,000.

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