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.
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