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CFD: Steelhauler loses coil on 94 here

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A steelhauler merging onto I-94 from Ind. 49 overturned and lost its coil during rush-hour on Tuesday afternoon, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting.

Capt. Aimee Gilbert told the Chesterton Tribune today that the incident occurred at 4:44 p.m., as the trucker was attempting to negotiate the ramp from northbound Ind. 49 to westbound I-94. In fact he failed to do so and his rig tipped onto its driver’s side, dislodging the coil, which rolled across all three lanes of westbound traffic and came to rest against the concrete median wall beneath the Ind. 49 overpass.

No vehicles were struck by the coil, which, however, left “a big divot in the road,” Gilbert said.

Firefighters had to extricate the trucker from his cab. He was then transported to Porter Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries. No other information about the trucker or the trucking firm was available.

At no time was westbound traffic stopped altogether, Fire Chief John Jarka noted, as motorists managed to skirt around the scene on the outside berm by the median wall. Which, Jarka noted, presented a hazard of its own, given the proximity of the coil.

While firefighters removed debris from the right and center lanes--enabling both to be re-opened to traffic--Joe’s Towing Inc. righted the semi, then removed the coil and loaded it onto a lowboy flatbed sent to the scene by LA. Bell Motor Lines Inc.

The CFD cleared the scene at 6:16 p.m.

As of deadline, the Indiana State Police, which responded to the scene, had not released a statement on the crash.



Posted 8/15/2018




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