1 dead after devastating overnight crash on I-94

Wreckage is seen early Monday after a fatal crash on eastbound Interstate 94 near Cline Avenue.

GARY — The man killed in a single-car crash earlier this week on Interstate 94 has been identified as a 38-year-old man.

Robert Horton, of Gary, died at the scene of the crash about 3:30 a.m. Monday on eastbound I-94, just east of Cline Avenue, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Indiana State Police said he was driving a 2011 Buick when he ran off the road, hit a sound barrier on the south side of the interstate and struck the Burr Street exit sign.

The impact caused the front wheels of the car to come off and hit a light pole, which collapsed on top of the exit sign, police said. Debris was thrown onto the interstate and hit by another vehicle.

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Horton was extricated, but pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed was a factor in the crash. Alcohol also may be a factor, but a final determination was pending toxicology results, police said. 

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