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Chesterton woman injured in hit-and-run

February 6, 2019

LAKE STATION – A Chesterton woman is in critical condition after her SUV overturned and struck a concrete barrier on I-80/94 in a hit-and-run crash early Tuesday, according to Indiana State Police.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Ford Explorer, driven by 39-year-old Melissa Long of Chesterton, was in the left westbound lane of I-80/94 near the Ripley Street exit at about 6:20 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to ISP.

A white Kia in the middle lane attempted to change lanes to the left and sideswiped Long’s SUV, causing the Explorer to lose control, police said. The Ford went off the roadway into the concrete median barrier wall head-on, then rolled over about four times.

Long suffered head trauma and was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, police said. Her family has been notified.

Her passenger, a 28-year-old Chesterton man, was not injured, according to ISP.

The Kia never stopped and continued westbound, police said, noting the vehicle should have damage to its right rear. No other identification (driver or license plate) is known.

The left lane of the expressway was closed for uprighting and towing the vehicle and removal of the injured, ISP said. The lane was reopened at about 7:40 a.m.

—From staff reports

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