A Mattson, Illinois woman was seriously injured yesterday, evening January 18th, when the driver’s side of her car went partially under the rear of a semi.
Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 9:40 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Josh Roa responded to a crash on I-80 west bound at the .5 mile marker (this is just east of the Illinois State Line). A 2010 International semi-box trailer owned by Swift Transportation out of Phoenix, Arizona, and driven by Kevin Buzard, 31 of Mesa Arizona, was stopped on the inner shoulder due to being involve in an earlier property damage crash.
A 2010 Dodge Caliber, driven by Alisha Anderson, 26 of Mattson, Illinois, when she lost control on the icy road, went off the roadway, and slid into the rear of the semi trailer. The Caliber struck the semi’s rear bumper at an angle toward the driver’s side of the Dodge.
Anderson was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated from it. She was transported to Munster Community Hospital with very serious head and bodily injuries.
Two left lanes were closed for approximately two hours for removal of the injured and her vehicle, and clean-up of the roadway.
Agencies assisting: Hammond Fire and EMS, Commercial Motor Vehicle Division Trooper Dale Turner, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.