A Rensselaer motorcyclist was reported to be in critical condition this morning after he rear ended a flatbed trailer on Saturday on Ind. 8 in Boone Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 10:48 a.m. John Stewart, 51, of Rensselaer, was westbound on Ind. 8, east of C.R. 500W, when he crashed his 1997 Harley Davidson into a work platform which was extending past the rear of a flatbed trailer being hauled by Danny Dille, 23, of Jackson Township.
Stewart, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown off his motorcycle, police said, and subsequently transported to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus with a severe head injury. A Porter spokesperson told the Chesterton Tribune today that Stewart was listed in critical condition.
Police said that Dille, driving a 1995 Chevrolet 2500 truck, was slowing in traffic at the time of the accident. “Initial investigation found that the trailer being pulled by Dille had inoperative trailer lights and the work platform being hauled on the trailer was extending past the end of the trailer in such a manner as to obstruct the view of the rear of the trailer,” police said in a statement released after the accident.
Police added that neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been a factor in the accident.