Fatal Crash Shuts Down 2 Lanes On I-80/94

UPDATED 04/14/11 11:15 a.m.

LAKE STATION, Ind. (CBS) — Two lanes of the Borman Expressway (Interstate 80-94) were shut down Thursday morning, after a man was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a semi hauling plate steel.

The accident happened in the westbound lanes of the expressway at the 13.4 mile marker, east of Central Avenue in Lake Station, according to a release from Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas.

Mark Reeves, 34, of Portage, Ind., was driving a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup, and he was entering an S-curve in a construction zone when he rear-ended a 2006 Freightliner semi-flatbed truck that was in the right lane, state police said.

The semi was hauling more than 46,500 pounds of plate steel.

Reeves lost control of his pickup, which began to go airborne and rolled at least twice. Reeves was thrown into the passenger seat and partially out the passenger door.

Reeves, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County (Ind.) Coroner’s office, the release said. He suffered head trauma.

The left and center lane were closed until about 8:30 a.m. for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the vehicles and cleanup.

The semi is owned by Jack Link Truck Lines of Dyersville, Iowa. Driver Harry L. Schutte, 64, of Monona, Iowa, was not injured and there was no load loss, state police said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Watching2011

    YIKES !

  • righttrack

    No excuse for not wearing a seat belt – no symapthy for stupidity !!!

    • lori

      I think the stupidity is on your part. U r so rude.. U must not have had a family member close to u to die..My heart goes out to the family..God took a good man..

  • Michelle Spears

    Re: righttracks comments

    Mark Reeves is my cousin and he was a good man that would do anything for anyone. He made a mistake by not wearing his seat belt today, something he usually does. A mistake does not make one stupid. Stupidity is down grading someone who just lost their life and having no concern for a mother, grandfather, brother, aunt, uncle,cousin and fiancee who are left behind to grieve. Think before you speak. One day that could be you, your child or family member. I pray you never have to walk a mile in our shoes but if you do, that does not make you stupid. Prayers also for Mr. Schutte. I know this has had to impact you also. I am thankful you were not injured in the accident. May God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

    RIP Mark. God received a new angel today. I know you are with your Dow now safe in the arms of our Lord. I love you and I will miss you.

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