La Porte Man Injured after Car Wedges Underneath Semi Trailer

Officers from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries on U.S. 20 and Wiley Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say a semi driven by 27-year-old Lyndel L. Hodge of Berrien Springs, Michigan was slowing on U.S. 20 for congested traffic when a passenger car driven by 30-year-old Zachery Sims of La Porte, failed to slow down and struck the rear of the trailer. 

Sims’ vehicle wedged underneath the trailer which entrapped Sims inside the car, according to the report.  Police say Sims was extricated from the wreckage and airlifted from the scene by helicopter to a hospital for treatment. 

Hodge was not injured in the crash. 

The investigation remains active as alcohol and toxicology tests are pending. 

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial MedFlight and La Porte County EMS.