A semi accident
early this morning forced the closure of the eastbound I-80/94 ramp for
Cline Ave. for nearly five hours, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 12:08 a.m. trucker Randall L. Dystra, 60, of Beecher, Ill., was
eastbound on I-80/94 when his rig pulled to the left in a patch of slushy
snow and struck the impact attenuator at the front of the concrete barrier
wall dividing the Cline Ave. ramp from the main lanes of traffic.
scrap metal--slid down the concrete barrier wall, causing the rig to
jackknife across the right lane of the ramp, and tearing off the Mack
tractorís front drive tires and a set of the trailerís rear tandems.
transported to Saint Catherineís Hospital in East Chicago with a complaint
of pain, police said.
The ramp was closed
until 4:28 a.m.