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ISP: Truck rolls, loses load on I-94

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Water pump sits on I-94 today after truck rolls

(Indiana State Police photo)


No one was injured Wednesday when a pick-up driver rolled his vehicle over near the 17 mile marker on Interstate 94, two miles west of the Portage exit, causing his 7,000 lb. high pressure water pump to come loose and land in the middle of the roadway, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at approximately 6:50 a.m. Eric Gamblin, 20, of Valparaiso, was eastbound pulling the pump hitched to the rear of his vehicle when he thought he got a flat tire.

Gamblin lost control of his vehicle causing it to go off the roadway, police said. He managed to get back on but the water pump separated from the pick-up and flipped over into the middle lane of I-94, causing the pick-up to go off the roadway into the ditch on the south side onto its right side, police said.

Police said Gamblin and his two passengers were not injured. Later inspection of Gamblinís 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up, owned by Eagle Services Incorporated of Valparaiso, and the trailer, revealed no flat tire.

The east bound lanes of I-94 were closed for a short time this morning until the water pump could be moved off the roadway, police said. The right lane opened back up at approximately 8:30 a.m. after removal of the Dodge and water pump, police said.

Gamblin was cited for an insecure load.



Posted 7/16/2014