As reported by Chicago Sun Times, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on June 20, 2012, a crash between two semis occurred on the eastbound side of the Borman Expressway, near Cline Avenue, close to the Illinois-Indiana border, but on the Indiana side of the line. As a result one of the drivers, Dennis C. Schulze, driver of one of the semi-trucks, has life-threatening injuries and had to be airlifted from the scene.
From the initial Indiana State Police report it is currently believed that an off-duty police officer stopped a suspected drunk driver, 21-year-old Ronald E. Blankenship, of Gary Indiana, on the road at the approximate place of the later accident. The officer’s car pulled in behind Blankenship’s vehicle in such a manner that she partially blocked the right lane of the expressway.
A driver of a Mack semi trash hauler, driven by a 53-year-old Country Club Hills resident, Michael O. Amede, swerved from the right lane into the middle lane to avoid the police car.
Once the Mack truck was in the middle lane it was rear-ended by a Volvo semi which was driven by a 50 year old driver from Beloit, Wisconsin, Mr. Schulze. Amede was reportedly not injured in the accident, but unfortunately Schulze was. He was pinned inside his truck for an extended period of time, and had to be airlifted from the scene in a helicopter. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with life threatening injuries.
The eastbound side of the expressway was shut down for approximately eight hours after the accident occurred. In addition, the westbound side of the expressway was also temporarily shut down when a helicopter landed.
Blankenship, the suspected drunk driver, was taken to the Lake County Jail and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
In all accidents in which the police may, in any way, have possibly been even partially at fault, it is important to remember that a much shorter statute of limitations may be in place, at least for the purpose of notifying the government of any possible claims.
Starr Austen and Miller, Indiana truck accident lawyers, focus on representing individuals and their family members in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, such as those often involved in truck accidents. If you have any additional information on this accident, please call Mario Massillamany with the law firm of Starr Austen & Miller at (574) 722-6676.
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