The Indiana State
Police was urging motorists to seek alternate routes after a semi-tractor
trailer hauling 41,000 pounds of honey overturned on I-80/94 in Lake County.
police, the accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-80/94 at Calumet
Ave. when the semi’s front axle broke, causing the operator to lose control
and roll over.
The box trailer
lost five of 13 containers of honey and at least four of the containers were
leaking, police said. The rig was also spilling diesel fuel.
At 11 a.m. today
police said two lanes were still closed and would remain so for “an
undetermined time, as the Indiana Department of Transportation is on scene
containing the honey/diesel spill.” Police added that INDOT would still need
to inspect the roadway itself before re-opening the two lanes.
Traffic in both the
east- and westbound directions were being impacted by the accident, police
said. “We are experiencing backups and delays. Please seek alternate routes.
This may be an extended cleanup and closure. Westbound traffic backup and
delays are because of ‘gawkers.’”
The semi operator
was not injured in the crash, police added.