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Man killed after losing control of car, striking box truck

GARY, IN (WAVE) – A driver is dead and passenger injured after losing control of his car and sliding under a box truck loaded with a 300 gallon water tank early Saturday morning.

It happened just after 4:30 a.m. on I-80/94 eastbound around the 8 mile marker near Gary, Indiana, where a box truck owned by C.E. Hughes of Jeffersonville, Indiana was broken down due to electrical issues.

According to police, earlier in the evening, the driver of the box truck parked the disabled vehicle on the shoulder and was picked up by a coworker.

The two men went to a motel in nearby Portage where they were staying. One of the men returned to the box truck to attempt to fix it. Police said he set out emergency triangles behind his truck and the broken vehicle.

An Indiana State Police trooper believes that man gave up and called a tow truck.

When the tow truck arrived, the operator began to hook up the box truck when investigators say a Chevrolet Impala going eastbound on the interstate left the roadway for unknown reasons.

The car drove over the emergency triangles, hit the pickup truck and then went under the rear of the box truck.

Anthony Easter Senior, 42, of Hammond, was driving the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene from massive blunt force trauma.

His passenger, Jennifer Hugger, 29, of Hobart, was extricated from the car and airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical in Oak Lawn, Illinois with serious injuries.

All eastbound and westbound lanes of I-80/94 were closed for a short time so Hugger could be transported by helicopter.

Two lanes remained closed until 9 a.m. Saturday.

The pickup driver and tow truck operator were not injured in the accident.

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