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Apples go flying this morning in Toll Road crash

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A semi-tractor trailer lost its load of apples today on the Indiana Toll Road, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 4:14 a.m. Odil A. Sharipov, 27, of Vancouver, Wash., was westbound on the Toll Road, just east of Cline Ave., when he left the roadway and collided with a disabled car legally parked with its hazard lights activated on the outer shoulder.

L.C. Pitts, 61, of Elgin, Ill., was inside his car at the time waiting for a tow truck.

Sharipov’s truck came to rest in a ditch on its side with its top ripped open, spilling a portion of the 43,000 pounds of boxed apples which he was hauling.

Pitts was transported to Saint Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago with non-life threatening injuries, police said,

Sharipov--who was wearing his seat belt--was not injured. But he was issued a citation for unsafe lane movement, police said.

Pitts’ Buick was totaled and Sharipov’s rig extensively damaged.

The right lane of the Toll Road was closed until 7:22 a.m.


Posted 2/20/2014