Man Critically Injured In I-80 Crash

HAMMOND, Ind. (STMW) – A Gary, Ind. man was critically injured Friday night after crashing his pickup truck on Interstate 80 in Hammond, Ind.

Indiana State Police responded about 8 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 westbound at Cline Avenue, according to an ISP release.

David C. Wilson, of Gary, Ind., was driving a 1999 Dodge pick-up in the far right lane of Interstate 80, when the vehicle went across all west bound lanes and hit the concrete barrier wall almost head on, the release said.

Wilson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown onto the passenger side floorboard, the release said. Police found several empty and full beer bottles in the pickup.

Wilson was taken in critical condition to Saint Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago, Ind. with head and neck injuries, the release said. He also tested above the legal limit of .08% for alcohol.

The far left lane was closed for approximately 1-½ hours, the release said.

Last year, 135 people were killed on Indiana highways as a result of impaired drivers, and nearly 25 percent of all fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

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  • Micheal Savage

    This Interstate is just plain dangerous,whether its 2 lanes or 4,that section needs to be heavily patrol,I have seen trucks in the 3 and 4th lanes,and I believe unless they changed it trucks can only use the 2 right lanes,that road is a accident,death and injury ready to happen,but what do the politicians care.

    • tj

      So Micheal, you are blaming the road, politicians and the cops for this accident and the mans injuries, not the open bottles of beer, the man consumed or the fact he was not wearing a seat belt. What an idiot you are. I only agree with you about the trucks using the 3rd and 4 th lanes, but I see no bearing of this on this accident.

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