A semi-tractor trailer which ran off the road early this morning on I-94
came to rest in a tree hanging over the Trail Creek waterway, the Indiana
State Police said.
According to police, at 1:10 a.m. trucker Charles E. Jackson, 55, of Etowah,
Iowa., was eastbound on I-94 in LaPorte County when, he advised, his wheel
jerked to the right and he lost control of his rig, which left the roadway,
traveled down a ditch, then moved through a tree line. The trailer
eventually lodged in the trees while the tractor came to rest in a tree
suspended over Trail Creek, police said.
Coolspring Township firefighters used chainsaws to cut through the tree to
extricate Jackson, who police said complained of chest pain but refused
medical treatment at the scene.
The trailerís 41,000 pounds of auto parts was to be off-loaded before being
removed from the trees, police said.
The rig is owned by Reeves Brothers Trucking of Lexington, Tenn. It had
extensive damage both to the tractor and trailer.