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Community: East Chicago Man Dies In Crash On I-80/94
Updated February 1, 2017 7:09 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(HAMMOND) - An East Chicago man died on Monday when he hit a bridge support column head on with his vehicle.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Madry revealed, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Monday, a 2002 Chevrolet Astro minivan, being driven by Jerry Armstrong, 53 of East Chicago was exiting to Cline Avenue from I-80/94 westbound.

The Astro van traveled off the ramp and struck a large round support column that supports the Cline Avenue overpass over I-80/94 head on. The vehicle came to rest against the support column.

Armstrong, who was the sole occupant, came to rest in the back seat and had to extricated. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy with the Lake County Coroner's office.

Indiana Department of Transportation inspected the support column and advised it was structurally fine.

Assisting: Troopers Brandon Alberts, Davonne Barlow, Jerry George, Paul Arnold, and Khari Walton. INDOT, Hammond Fire and EMS, Lake County Coroner's office, and Bennies Towin

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