GARY, Ind. – A motorcyclist died on Tuesday night after colliding with a semi-truck on the eastbound lanes of I-80/94, according to the Indiana State Police.
The accident took place at the 7.3 mile-marker, between Burr St. and Grant St. The rider, whose identity has yet to be disclosed by the Lake County Coroner’s Office, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to initial reports, the motorcyclist was travelling eastbound at high speed, passing vehicles along the skip line, which divides the lanes of travel. While passing a semi, the motorcycle made contact with the truck’s rear, causing the rider to lose control and crash. The motorcycle caught fire, but Good Samaritans stopped and immediately began to render first aid and CPR to the unconscious rider.
The roadway was reduced to one lane for several hours for crash investigation and scene cleanup. Assisting at the scene were the following: INDOT, Hoosier Helpers, Gary Fire, and Double T Towing.
The Indiana State Police remind motorcyclists that in Indiana, it is illegal to pass other vehicles while riding the skip lines. As the warmer weather brings more motorcycles on Indiana’s roadways, drivers are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and share the road.