I-65 crash

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Driver’s Ford Focus trapped beneath semi trailer in I-65 crash

WHEATFIELD — On Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 1:45 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s troopers responded to a crash between a semi and a passenger vehicle on I-65 southbound at the 246.8 mile-marker.

Trooper Stancy conducted the preliminary investigation, which revealed that the blue 2010 Ford Focus was traveling southbound in the far left lane when the driver, Jaime L. Wheeler, 36, from Wheatfield, IN, lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway.

The Ford then struck the trailer of a semi that was traveling southbound in the center lane. Both vehicles came to a stop in the right lane. The Ford was wedged under the trailer resulting in injuries to Wheeler, who was transported to the Franciscan Health Hospital in Crown Point for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi was not injured. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in this crash; however, speed too fast for the wet road conditions as well as the condition of the tires of the Ford were contributing factors in this crash.

The roadway was closed for several hours for crash scene cleanup and investigation.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Crown Point Fire Department, Hoosier Helpers and Area Towing assisted at the scene.

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