Driver killed after car slams into concrete bridge support on I-80/94


Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a crash late Sunday in Lake County, Indiana that killed the driver of a car who was attempting to exit I-80/94 in Lake County. 

According to Indiana State Police, the driver was exiting off westbound I-80/94 to southbound Cline Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. when for unknown reasons, the Ford Taurus failed to negotiate the curve, hit a barrier wall and a road sign before striking a concrete bridge support pillar head-on.

Two motorists and a Griffith police officer arrived and attempted to assist the driver but could not remove the driver due to the extensive front end damage that had pinned the driver inside.  

Hammond Fire and EMS arrived and had to use the Jaws of Life and other extrication tools to remove the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver was wearing a seat belt.  Alcohol may be a factor in the crash.
Identification of the driver is being withheld until notification to the family is completed.

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