CHICAGO (CBS) — One person was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 80/94 in Gary, Indiana, early Friday, and inbound traffic was tied up for hours as police investigated and cleared the scene.
Witnesses told Indiana State Police a Ford SUV was driving recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed in the eastbound lanes of I-80/94 around 1 a.m., when it left the road and slammed into an unoccupied disabled car on the left shoulder near Chase Street.READ MORE: "We Don't Want To Look Like A Segregated Chicago': Black Chamber Of Commerce Looks Into North Side Opportunities
Police said the SUV was launched into the air, and rolled several times, before coming to a stop in the middle of the interstate, where it burst into flames.
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The Lake County Coroner’s Office said 25-year-old Nickolas Alderfer, of Hebron, died in the crash, and suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation.
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All inbound lanes of I-80/94 were shut down until 4 a.m., when the outer shoulder and far right lane were opened to traffic. All lanes had reopened by 7:30 a.m.