September 1, 2018-Indiana State Police say that a driver travelling west in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road resulted in a crash that claimed the lives of four and sent three others to hospitals with serious injuries. According to the statement, “at approximately 1:41 a.m, Region VI Regional Dispatch Center for the Indiana State Police dispatched a report of a wrong way driver going west bound in the east bound lanes of traffic from the 21 mile marker on the Indiana Toll Road. It was also reported that the vehicle was allegedly driving with no head lights on. Shortly thereafter, there was report of a head crash that was located at the 13.1 mile marker (this is just before the Grant Street exit on the toll road).”
Police say a 2017 Toyota SUV crashed head on into a 2017 Jeep SUV which was travelling in the left lane of the Indiana Toll Road. Indiana State Trooper Ala Hamed and good Samaritans pulled victims from the wreckage and performed life saving measures until EMS could arrive. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of good Samaritans and Trooper Hamed, two passengers, one which was a minor child, died at the scene. Both drivers succumbed to their injuries from the impact. Three other minor children were taken to Methodist Hospital Northlake and later flown to a Chicago hospital according to Police.
Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has confirmed that their were four deaths at the scene but is withholding names until family can be notified. While gender was not provided in the coroner reports, one of the four reports was listed as a Jane Doe with the other three listed as John Doe indicating one female victim and three male victims.
Police say alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash and are awaiting toxicology results for a final determination.
Indiana State Police were assisted by Gary Police, Gary Fire and EMS, Hammond Police, Lake County Coroner and Waffco Towing.