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CFD responds to I94 steelhauler accident

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A trucker was injured on Monday and all lanes of westbound I-94 closed, after he flipped his rig while attempting to merge from Ind. 49, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 11:22 a.m. Bryan Ivan Larose, 54, of Salem, Wis., was traveling “too fast to negotiate” the ramp from northbound Ind. 49 to westbound I-94 when his steelhauler overturned and slid approximately 100 feet, blocking all westbound lanes. Larose’s tractor came to rest on its roof, facing north, with the rear of his flatbed trailer against the concrete median wall.

Chesterton firefighters--assisted by a heavy wrecker dispatched by Joe’s Towing, needed to raise the tractor in order to expose the roof--were forced to perform an extensive extrication of Larose, CFD Deputy Chief Nate Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today. “The seats had to be removed and part of the steering wheel and the driver’s door peeled away,” he said.

Williams noted that one of Larose’s steel coils was dumped on the interstate and partially unrolled in the crash.

Police said that Larose was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, police noted. Larose was driving for Kam Industries Ltd. of Kenosha, Wis.

The CFD was on the scene for almost an hour, before clearing at 1:14 p.m.


Posted 3/28/2017





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