Portage, Porter County-A single vehicle roll-over, this afternoon, resulted in two brothers being air-lifted from the scene.
Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Brian White revealed that, at approximately 2:38 p.m., a black 2003 Saturn Vue, driven by Salvador Paramo, 47 of Shelby Township, Michigan was east bound on I-94 at the 16.4 mile marker (this is 2 ½ miles west of the Portage exit) in the left lane when he stated a red car began to come into his lane. Paramo swerved to the left to avoid the red car, went off the roadway onto the inner shoulder across the rumble strips, over-corrected and lost control. The Saturn then began to roll-over.
The front seat passenger, Richard Paramo, 18 (son of Salvadore) was partially ejected and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was air-lifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois with internal and head injuries.The back seat passenger, Salvador Paramo Junior (son of Salvador and brother to Richard), 23 was ejected out of the vehicle and came to rest in the left lane. He too was air-lifted to Advocate Christ Hospital with head injuries.
All lanes east bound were closed and traffic was directed off at Ripley Street until approximately 4:00 p.m. for investigation of the crash, landing of two air ambulances, removal of the car, and clean-up of the roadway.
Agencies assisting: Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers, Lake Station Fire and EMS, Portage Fire and EMS and Waffco Towing
(Photos and articles provided by Sgt. Ann Wojas, Public Information officer, Indiana State Police, Lowell Post)