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.
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.
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.