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ISP: Semi trailer overturns on I-80/94 this a.m. in Lake County

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A semi pulling double trailers overturned this morning on I-80/94 in Lake County, causing early commuting delays, the Indiana State Police said.

According to 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.

“Trooper Brasseur 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.”


Posted 5/8/2018





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