A semi pulling
double trailers overturned this morning on I-80/94 in Lake County, causing
early commuting delays, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 3 a.m. trucker Michael Bowles of Chicago, operating a FedEx semi,
was westbound on I-80/94 when, in an INDOT work zone approximately two miles
east of Cline Ave., he disregarded a lighted arrow board/attenuator
signaling lane closures and attempted to swerve at the last moment, striking
the portable impact attenuator with the right side of the vehicle.
This resulted in
damage to the attenuator and scrape damage to the tractor and both trailers,
police said. Bowles then over-corrected as the semi swerved to the left and
traveled onto the inside shoulder before he corrected the vehicle back to
the right, causing the second trailer to overturn, police said. The truck
came to a rest blocking the left two lanes of I-80/94, and those lanes
remained closed until 5:50 a.m., while the trailer was being righted and
towed from the scene.
INDOT was in the
area performing roadway maintenance and had sign trucks with illuminated
arrow boards indicating lanes 3 and 4 were closed.
would like to remind drivers to slow down when they observe
highway/construction crew lighting well before approaching the designated
work area,” police said. “While this crash resulted in property damage, it
could have had very different results for all involved.”