A semi crashed on
I-80/94 in Lake County early this morning, then caught fire, the Indiana
State Police said.
police, at 1:25 a.m. Mark S. Nelson, 61, of Dewey, Ariz., was eastbound on
I-80/94 when he attempted to enter the far right merge lane for the Indiana
Toll Road but ran off the road for unknown reasons.
Nelsonís rig struck
the impact attenuator, and--although he escaped injury in the crash--his
tractor ignited, police said. The 2019 Kenworth tractor was destroyed in the
fire, while the front end of the trailer was damaged, but Nelsonís load of
industrial washers appeared to be intact, police said.
The eastbound lanes
of traffic were closed until approximately 3 a.m., when the inner shoulder
and the left lane were re-opened. The right lane was re-opened later in the