Teen Injured in Loose Tire Accident at I-80 in Lake County, IN

August 15, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

I-80, Bristol, Lake County, IN, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Indiana State Police
Vehicles Involved
Injuries Sustained

Serious injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Wheel detached from a tractor-trailer and stuck a teen in a shoulder

What Happened

State Police are investigating a collision that injured a teen at I-80 in Lake County, IN on August 15th, 2023. Police are saying it happened as a vehicle parked in a shoulder was in the process of having a flat tire changed. Officials say a semi-truck traveling in an eastbound lane experienced a mechanical issue that saw one of its wheels detach. That well struck a south barrier and traveled along an east wall before striking one of the individuals involved in changing the flat fire. That individual, a 15-year-old boy, was hospitalized with injuries suspected of being life-threatening. Four others involved had injuries believed to be non-life-threatening. Currently, police say they do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the incident and had no additional information to share.

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