Police: 1 person killed in crash on I-80/94 in Hammond

Chicago News

HAMMOND, Ind. One person was killed in a crash involving a semi-truck on I-80/94 in Hammond Sunday morning, according to police.

Police said troopers received a call for a disabled semi-truck at the eastbound 3.9 mile marker on I-80/94 at approximately 7:47 a.m. Sunday morning. Approximately one minute later, a serious crash involving the truck occurred.

A preliminary investigation shows the truck was traveling eastbound in the 2nd lane when the vehicle lost air pressure to its brakes. As a result, the driver was unable to move the truck from the lane.

A silver 2020 Chevy Malibu was also traveling eastbound in the 2nd lane when the vehicle’s driver apparently did not realize the truck had stopped, rear-ending the vehicle at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the Malibu sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as 56-year-old Charles Friedlander of Chicago.

The right two lanes were closed for an investigation and have since reopened.

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