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Crash Closes I-94 for 12 Hours Tuesday

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LAKE  STATION - A two semi crash that happened at around 2 in the morning on Tuesday caused a 12-hour closure on I-94.

It happened at the 14.8 mile-marker.  An Indiana State Trooper, who was responding to another crash, saw a 2016 Volvo truck and semi-trailer rear end a FedEx truck that was pulling two semi-trailers.
 
Preliminary investigation shows that the FedEx vehicle was slowing in the traffic backup when it was hit.  The impact resulted in a large amount of paint and diesel fuel to spill onto the roadway.  The driver of the Volvo was trapped inside of the cab and had to be extricated.  The driver was flown to a trauma hospital in Illinois.  The vehicles were towed from the scene.  

All lanes of I-94 were closed at the crash scene for 12 hours for scene cleanup, which required removing the spilled paint from the roadway surface.  One lane of traffic was able to go around on the inside shoulder to avoid the affected portion of the roadway.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.