More than 10 years ago, I wrote a similar letter to The Times.
Then, my twin 6-year-old daughters, my wife and I were coming home from Florida, when we came to the Kankakee River on Interstate 65, where the road curves and visibility is limited.
The traffic was stopped ahead because six hours earlier a firetruck was hit on I-65 and U.S. 30. The semi in front of us jackknifed, allowing us to stop, but three cars behind us a woman hit the car in front of her and went airborne. She died.
Recently, my wife and I were returning from Purdue, where we dropped off one of the twins, when again we see stopped traffic and a fireball that took seven lives. God rest their souls.
My point then as now was this did not have to happen. Put a marked police vehicle on the shoulder a quarter mile back of the stopped traffic, with all lights on, and back up as traffic backs up! People will immediately take their foot off the gas and hit the brake.
There have been eight deaths this month alone. Let's stop the carnage on I-65.
- William E. Kasper, Crown Point