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ISP: Semi crash on I-94 in Lake gridlocks rush hour Monday

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A single-semi accident on I-80/94 in Lake County during rush-hour on Monday gridlocked traffic, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 4:30 p.m. trucker Khalil Abdelrahman, 49, of Indianapolis, was westbound on I-80/94 when, near the Grant Street exit, he traveled onto the right shoulder, then “jerked back to the left,” causing him to over-correct and lose control of his rig.

Abdelrahman’s semi slid across all westbound lanes, hit the concrete median barrier wall, then crashed through the wall, with the tractor coming to rest in the eastbound express lane and the trailer blocking all westbound lanes, police said. The eastbound express lane was closed at the time of the accident and no other vehicles were involved.

Abdelrahman was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Although crews were able to re-open one westbound lane shortly after the crash, a large diesel and oil spill slowed cleanup efforts, police said, with two more lanes being re-opened at 6:45 p.m. By 8 p.m. all lanes had been re-opened except for the far left one, to allow a crew to repair damage to the barrier wall, police said.

Abdelrahman was driving for BA Logistics of Michigan City and hauling 10,000 pounds of general freight.



Posted 11/28/2017




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