Semi Slams State Trooper on I-80/94

Indiana State Trooper Zachary Huston was transported to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries according to Police.

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November 13, 2018-Indiana State Police report that a state trooper performing an accident report was struck by a semi-tractor trailer last night. According to a report from Sgt. Ann Wojas of the Indiana State Police, Trooper Zachary Huston was on the outside shoulder of I-80/94 near the I-65 exit taking an accident report at approximately 11:10 p.m. last night. Huston’s was in a fully marked police car and his emergency lights were activated according to the report. During the course of the report, a semi jackknifed, lost control and struck Trooper Huston’s vehicle. According to the report, “a 2007 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, owned by SNB Dhesi Trucking, loaded with empty auto racks, and driven by Sukdib Dhesi, 55 of Brampton, Ontario, who was west bound in the middle lane lost control, began to jack-knife and hit the police car.” The report continues “This caused the police car to hit a 2009 Mazda, driven by Michael Durkin, 24 of Chesterton that was on the outer shoulder in front of the police car facing east bound from an earlier single vehicle crash. The police car came to rest facing east bound on the shoulder.”

Trooper Huston was transported to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries according to the report. The driver of the semi, Sukdib Dhesi was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Gary and later transferred to University of Chicago with “serious injuries” according to police. The driver of the Mazda, Michael Durkin, was not injured in the incident.

“The Indiana State Police would like to remind the motoring public to slow down, give extra room to the cars in front of you, take extra time to get where you’re going, and use caution when driving. Just because it doesn’t look icy/slick doesn’t mean it isn’t. The Indiana State Police Lowell District from yesterday at 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 a.m. today covered:

  • 7 assist motorists
  • 7 slide offs
  • 52 property damage crashes
  • 17 personal injury crashes”

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