Indiana State Police (ISP) have released information about a Monday afternoon crash that left a state trooper with significant injuries.
The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. on October 31 in the area of Portage, Indiana.
ISP Master Trooper Jeff Council was dispatched to a previous crash on eastbound I-94 at mile marker 20. This crash was a single vehicle property damage incident that occurred after the vehicle was driven through high water.
While Trooper Council was on the scene in his cruiser with emergency lights activated, 37 year old motorist John P. Lopez lost control of his black Kia while driving in the left lane through the same standing water that caused the previous crash.
The Kia went into the center lane, directly into the path of an oncoming semi truck driven by Buttar Sandeep Singh, 44.
The semi struck the Kia, causing it to strike the Trooper’s cruiser. The semi truck then jackknifed and also struck the cruiser, causing severe damage to the vehicle.
The semi also struck a Nissan Frontier driven by Don Bell, 74.
Trooper Council was sitting in the driver’s seat of the cruiser when the crash occurred. He sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital.
Lopez, Bell, and Singh were not hurt in the crash.
“This is the 6th crash this year where a Lowell trooper has been struck by another vehicle either in or out of their police car. In every incident, the police cars were parked with all emergency lights activated. In Indiana, as well as our neighboring states, it is required by law that drivers yield to stopped emergency vehicles. This means slowing down when approaching emergency lights and changing lanes when safe to do so. Also, when driving in inclement weather, remember to drive defensively. This means decreasing your speeds on wet/slippery roadways and anticipating potential hazards,” ISP said.