State Trooper, Two Others Hit by Car on Cline Avenue

Photos Courtesy of Chuck Pullen

According to a release from the Indiana State Police, Trooper and One other transported with non-life threatening injuries

Photo credit: Indiana State Police

March 7, 2018-Ice covered entrance ramps presented dangerous conditions this morning and an Indiana State Trooper and two others were hit by a car after mutliple single vehicle accidents on Cline Avenue early this morning. According to a release from the Indiana State Police, at approximately 4:40 am ” this Wednesday, March 7, 2018, morning, Trooper Nicole Maenza, 24, a 1 ½ year veteran of the Indiana State Police, was on the south bound Cline Avenue to I-80/94 east bound ramp investigating crashes. The ramp was snow covered and slick from earlier weather conditions. While Maenza was investigating one of the crashes she saw a Ford Expedition crash further down the ramp into the sound barrier wall and went to see if the occupants were okay. Both occupants, later identified as Jorge Carrillo-Padilla, 41 of Chicago, Illinois and his brother Ernesto Carrillo-Padilla, 37 of Chicago, Illinois got out of the Expedition. As Maenza was telling them to go back inside their car a 2015 Hyundai Sonata lost control and hit all three of them.”

The Sonata was driven by a 27 year-old female from Griffith, who stated that a car in front of her began slowing down/braking when she had to hit her brakes and to avoid hitting the rear of that car swerved to the right, lost control and hit a light pole. She then heard people yelling and later realized she had hit the three listed above.

Maenza, Jorge and Ernesto Carillo-Padilla were all taken to a local hospital. Maenza and Jorge Carillo-Padilla are being admitted for their injuries which are non-life threatening.

Indiana State Police remind everyone the safest place to be after a crash is anywhere but on or near traffic lanes on the interstate. Stay inside your vehicle! It offers the most protection.

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