La Porte motorist hurt when his car rear-ends semi trailer

A La Porte man was airlifted by medical helicopter after he rear-ended a semi trailer on U.S. 20 near Wiley Road. This is near the U.S. 20-Ind. 2 construction site. The crash happened on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at about 1:50 p.m., the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Zachery Sims, 30, of La Porte, was airlifted after being extricated from his car. His car was wedged under the trailer. He and the semi driver, Lyndel Hodge, 27, of Berrien Springs, MI, were both westbound on U.S. 20. Hodge was not hurt.

Police said Hodge was slowing for congested traffic ahead but Sims failed to slow down.

Alcohol and toxicology test results are pending.

Besides La Porte County Sheriff’s deputies, emergency responders included Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial MedFlight and La Porte County EMS.

7 Responses to “La Porte motorist hurt when his car rear-ends semi trailer”

  1. Babs

    Sep 12. 2019

    Bad idea INDOT, US 20 has had enough accidents in the past. Now you have removed the traffic light at US 20 and SR 2, have vehicles traveling west on S R 2 with a speed limit of 60 mph onto US 20 with a speed limit of 45 mph till you pass Jenny Rays then turns 55 mph then deceases back to 45 mph when you get over the bridge for the flashing light in Rolling Prairie!! There is an elementary school in Rolling Prairie, so you give school buses no turning lanes and no traffic light to get across US 20!! Is anyone educated enough to see the big picture there at INDOT!! Now semi trucks continually use their jake brakes when comming down the bridge. When you repaved US 20 you should have included turning lanes and replaced the flashing light in Rolling Prairie with a fully functional traffic light in it’s place! Construction isn’t complete yet, do yourselves a favor and fix this problem you created!!

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    • Easy Rider

      Sep 13. 2019

      Babs, turn lane(s) at Byron & US 20 a very good idea, a traffic signal, not so much. The re-do at 2 ‘n 20 is due to crashes being caused by el’ truckos running the light. Check the records, I believe the day they turned on the traffic light at Fail Road there was a fatal crash. Lights aren’t always a good thing, particularly the way semi trucks routinely fail to stop when they turn red.

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    • Ray

      Sep 14. 2019

      Don’t put all the blame on Semi”s. This dingbat was probably on his phone with NO regard to an Obvious Construction zone.

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  2. Darlene Jesch

    Sep 13. 2019

    I have a love/hate relationship with semi drivers. I always check both ways at a 4 way traffic light just to make sure. Maybe I am paranoid but I love my life.

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  3. Kris

    Sep 13. 2019

    iNDOT does NOT listen to. Anybody just keep wasting our money on bad ideas. Remember next BiG mistake 700E, (Cougar Road). I which they would cone take out the sleep bumps their trucks put in our yards because they couldn’t be behind the Garbage Truck! thank INDOT! Let’s add some more traffic circles that snow plows can’t fit in and Americans don’t know how to use them, they don’t speed up traffic, traffic circle bring traffic to a dead stop!

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  4. amy

    Sep 13. 2019

    Did anyone think about how fail and 20 will now become more dangerous than ever being the 1st westbound stoplight.

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    • Ray

      Sep 14. 2019

      Amen to that. And also at Jennie Rae’s. And LookOut Cougar Road.

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