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ISP: 2-semi accident gridlocks SB I-65

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A two-semi crash succeeded in gridlocking traffic all morning today in the southbound lanes of I-65 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 4:30 a.m. David Handler, 30, of Bois DíArc, Mo., was southbound on I-65 when, three miles south of the Crown Point exit, he lost control on the snow- and ice-covered roadway, jackknifed his rig, and hit a guardrail on the west side of the road. Handlerís Kenworth tractor and box trailer rolled on their left side and came to a rest with the trailer blocking the right and middle lane.

Jason DeFord, 47, of Racine, Wis., was also southbound on I-65 when he was unable to reduce his speed in time to avoid colliding with Handlerís rig, with DeFord crashing into the box trailerís undercarriage and rear axle resting in the middle lane. DeFordís own rig then left the roadway and slammed into an outside guardrail, with his Peterbilt tractor and the trailer blocking all lanes of southbound I-65, police said.

Handler and DeFord were both transported to Franciscan Health Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries, police said, while a service dog belonging to Handler was subsequently located at the scene and reunited with its owner.

At 11 a.m. today DeFordís Peterbilt had been removed from the scene but not Handlerís, police said, and only the left lane was open to traffic. ďThe removal is lengthy due to up-righting the semi and cleanup of the diesel fuel it has leaked,Ē police said.


Posted 2/13/2019




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