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Close Call for State Trooper

(Lake County, IN) - Indiana State Troopers saved a life after one of them almost lost his own.


Trooper Riley Hieb was responding to a crash on westbound I-80/94 early Thursday morning.  As Hieb was investigating, a 2009 Chrysler 300 crashed into the back of the trooper’s car, and the Chrysler burst into flames.


Other troopers broke the Chrysler’s passenger window and rescued the semi-conscious driver, 42-year-old Latresha Williamson of East Chicago.  She was transported to the hospital with severe injuries. Alcohol or drugs is suspected as a factor in the crash. The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office says charges are pending.

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