Whiting Man Seriously Injured in Crash

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Sgt. Ann Wojas

Public Information Officer


DATE: January 24, 2018


Whiting Man Seriously Injured in Crash

Hammond, Lake County-A Whiting man was seriously injured this morning after getting pinned between two cars after crashing.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Brian White revealed at approximately 6:40 a.m., this morning, a 2006 Ford van, driven by Eric Anthony, 47 of Whiting, was on the ramp from south bound Calumet Avenue to east bound I-80/94 when he lost control on the icy ramp.  The van went off the road and hit the barrier wall on the inside, and came to controlled rest on the outside shoulder.

 Shortly thereafter, a 2013 Ford Focus, driven by Michael Daniel, 25 of Griffith, also lost control on the icy ramp and his Focus hit the rear of the Ford van.  Anthony, after crashing, had gotten out of his Ford van and went behind his vehicle when Daniel hit the rear.  Anthony was pinned between the two vehicles. 

A 2004 Jeep Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), driven by Esmeralda Ruiz, 20 of Griffith, also lost control on the ramp and hit the Focus.

Anthony was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with serious leg injuries and was later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  Daniel was taken to Munster Community Hospital with complaint of pain.  Ruiz was not injured.

 The ramp was closed for several hours for reconstruction, removal of the injured and cars, and salting of the ramp.  The Indiana State Police would like to remind the motoring public to remain in your car after crashing or becoming disabled.  The safest place is inside your vehicle!

Assisting: Senior Trooper Lawrence McFarrin, Hammond Fire and EMS, and Indiana Department of Transportation

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 Pictures are of the scene


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