Indiana State Trooper William Carlson and LC Deputy Ray Borchert “immediately removed their duty belts, and entered the water to check on the well-being of” the driver.
November 26, 2017-An Indiana State Trooper and a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy sprung into action to assist a motorist who had been driven from the roadway and into a body of water early this morning. According to a report from Indiana State Police, “This morning at approximately 3:50 a.m, a hit and run crash occurred on I-80 in
Gary, IN.” A red cavalier driven by Denise Towner of Gary was travelling eastbound on I-80 in the right lane when it was rear-ended by another vehicle. The second vehicle fled the scene and was not located. The Cavalier driven by Towner rolled several times and ended up in waist deep water. That is when Trooper Carlson and Deputy Borchert arrived on scene and sprung into action. “Both officers immediately removed their duty belts, and entered the water to check on the well-being of Mrs. Towner and to attempt to remove her from the vehicle. It was determined by the officers that it was unsafe to attempt to roll the vehicle back to upright or break any windows in the vehicle as it could compromise the air pocket that Mrs. Towner was using to breathe” the report continues. Gary Fire personnel then arrived and used jaws of life to extricate Ms. Towner from the vehicle. She was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake with undisclosed injuries.