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ISP: Trucker cut off spills load of soil on I-94 in Lake

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A semi lost its load of contaminated soil in a three-vehicle accident this morning on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 7:47 a.m. P. K. Hemmon, 50, of Hammond, was eastbound in the right middle lane of I-80/94--at Colfax--when she attempted to merge into the left middle lane, in front of a semi hauling a dump trailer filled with contaminated soil and wood chips.

Police said that the semiís driver, Justo Capetes, 41, of Chicago, braked but was unable to avoid rear-ending Hemmonís 2001 Pontiac. Capetes then swerved left and struck the passengerís side quarter panel of another vehicle, a 2006 Dodge Dakota owned by NIPSCO and driven by Paul Spasske, 50, of Highland.

After colliding with Spasske, police said, Capetes swerved back to the right and began to roll over on the driverís side, in the course of which the load of soil and wood chips was strewn across the two right lanes. The tractor and the trailer came to rest in a ditch on the south side of the roadway.

Hemmon and the Capetes were transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary with non-life threatening injuries, police said, while Spasske was not injured. All drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

The right two lanes were closed for cleanup and removal of the Pontiac and the semi. All lanes have since been re-opened.

Capetes was driving for Disposal & Recycling of Cicero, Ill., police said.


Posted 4/7/2017




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