August 24, 2018-Indiana State Police say that a fiery crash with a fatality closed I-65 overnight causing traffic to be diverted onto US 30 at the Hobart/Merrillville exit. “Preliminary investigation by Trooper Connor Davidson revealed that at approximately 9:30 p.m., yesterday, a 2018 International, owned by Dayton Freight out of Dayton, Ohio, pulling a box trailer and driven by Thomas Shanahan, 38 of Crest Hill, Illinois was south bound on I-65 at the 252.7 mile marker (just south of the US 30 exit) in the left middle lane (4 lanes) when he hit the rear trailer of the semi ahead of him. This semi a 2016 Freightliner, owned by Old Dominion out of Thomasville, North Carolina, and driven by Carlos Salgado, 30 of Chicago, Illinois, was pulling double trailers and was slowing down for slowed/stopped traffic up ahead when his rear trailer was struck from behind by Shanahan. This caused Salgado’s semi to be pushed into a 2003 Ford F250 pickup, driven by James Hemphill, 42 of Demotte, IN, who was directly in front of Salgado and was stopped in backed up traffic. After Hemphill was hit from the rear this caused his pickup to be pushed into a 2012 Chevrolet Cruz, driven by Randy Cramer, 55 of Northlake, Illinois, who was directly in front of him” the report stated.
Shanahan after hitting Salgado’s trailer swerved off the roadway to the right going into a ditch. This caused the trailer to become separated from the tractor. The trailer stayed upright but the tractor overturned causing Shanahan to become entrapped and he had to be extricated by Merrillville Fire. Shanahan was transported to South Lake Methodist Hospital in Merrillville where he died of his injuries.
Salgado’s rear trailer after being hit caught fire. The fire was contained only to the rear trailer. Salgado was not injured. Hemphill was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries. Cramer was not injured.
All lanes south bound are closed and traffic is being off at US 30.