HAMMOND — The Lake County coroner on Monday released the identity of a driver who fatally rear-ended a semitrailer early Sunday on eastbound Interstate 80/94.
Charles Friedlander, 56, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision, authorities said.
Indiana State Police's Lowell Regional Dispatch Center first received a 911 call at 7:37 a.m. Sunday after a green 1996 Peterbilt semitrailer lost air pressure in its brakes and became stalled in the second lane near mile marker 3.9.
Friedlander, driving in a 2020 Chevrolet Malibu, did not recognize the stopped semitrailer and crashed into it, ISP said.
The right two lanes were closed for several hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
Hammond Fire, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Waffco Towing assisted at the scene.
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