Nine adults were injured in a five-vehicle crash that occurred when water from a heavy rain pour covered parts of I-80/94.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Madry revealed, at about 11:37 p.m. on Monday a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe hydroplaned in the left lane of I-80/94 east bound at the 27 mile marker (this is one mile east of the Chesterton exit).
The left lane was completely covered in water due to the heavy downpour of rain. This caused the Tahoe to crash head on into the concrete median wall.
The Tahoe came to an uncontrolled rest facing north. It was then sideswiped in the rear by a 2013 Chrysler 200.
The Chrysler was then struck in the rear by a 2011 Honda Odyssey, who was then struck by a 2013 Honda Pilot. A 2003 Toyota who was traveling in the far right lane was sideswiped and ran off the road into a water filled ditch off the outer shoulder, where it became submerged in water.
Four occupants in the Honda Pilot were taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso with non-life threatening injuries.
Four occupants in the Chrysler 200 were transported to Fransiscan Health-Michigan City with non-life threatening injuries. This included a front seat passenger who was ejected onto the outer shoulder.
The driver of the Honda Odyssey was transported to Fransiscan Health-Michigan City with non-life threatening injuries and had to be extricated from the car by Porter Fire Department.
The heavy downpour at the time caused the inside shoulder, left lane, and partially the center lane to be covered in water.
Nine injured in five-vehicle crash