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Portage crash causes havoc at I-94 exchange
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Portage crash causes havoc at I-94 exchange

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Portage police say ramps and traffic lights in the area of Interstate 94 and Ind. 249 are expected to remain out of commission until after 9 a.m. Friday as a result of an early morning vehicle crash.

PORTAGE — Police say ramps and traffic lights in the area of Interstate 94 and Ind. 249 are expected to remain out of commission until after 9 a.m. Friday as a result of an early morning vehicle crash.

The crash took down power lines in the area, which blocked the northeast ramps of I-94, Portage police said.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

Westbound traffic on I-94 was unable to exit on to Ind. 249 and northbound traffic on Ind. 249 was unable to enter westbound I-94.

The situation was further complicated in that the traffic signals at I-94, Ameriplex Drive and Midwest Steel Highway along Ind. 249 were not functioning following the crash, police said.

Valpo kicking off improvement work on several major roadways

NIPSCO crews were on scene.

"Please drive with caution at the listed intersections," police said. "As a reminder, when arriving at an a non-functioning traffic signal treat the intersection as a four-way stop."

Come back to nwi.com for updates as they become available.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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