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Garbage truck causes backup on I65 after crash Thursday

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A garbage truck caused a back-up Thursday morning after getting tangled in the guardrails on Interstate 65 in Newton County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 5:35 a.m. Theodore R. Johnson, of University Park, Ill. was transporting garbage from Chicago to a landfill in Monticello near the 234 mile marker south of the Kankakee River when, for unknown reasons, he ran off the roadway and struck the outside guardrail. He struck the guardrail a second time causing the semiís right tractor tires to become lodged under the guardrail, police said.

Police said this area is also a construction zone with median work being done. Johnson was not injured and there was no load loss at the scene. The 2005 Mack semi Johnson was driving is owned by Illinois Bulk Carriers, police said.

Trooper William Carlson was dispatched to the scene. Assisting at the scene ISP Sergeant Dwayne Dillahunty, Newton County Sheriff Department and Village Motors.

The right lane was closed for approximately 1.5 hours for removal of the semi, causing traffic to back up for several miles.


Posted 7/7/2017





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