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Overturned semi catches fire and blocks I-94

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A semi lost control and overturned, blocking three lanes of west bound traffic on I-80/94 at Calumet Avenue Wednesday.

Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Lee Wright revealed that at approximately 12:41 p.m. a 2014 Volvo tractor pulling a rail container, operated by Evans Delivery Company out of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and driven by Amrik Bal, 56 of Indianapolis, was west bound on I-80/94 when it hit a tire that was lying in the left middle lane. The truck then hit the concrete barrier median wall, causing the trailer to lose its rear tandem tires. The trailer rolled onto its side, then a diesel fuel tank on the tractor ruptured causing the tractor to catch fire. The tractor was completely engulfed. Bal was able to exit the tractor on his own and was taken to Saint Margaretís Hospital in Hammond with non-life threatening injuries.

Police found the tire originated from a 2000 Ford tow truck, owned by On Time Towing out of Park Forest, Illinois which was east bound on I-80/94 when the driver lost the dual tires off the left rear tow truck. One of the tires came to rest on the east bound inner berm and the second tire went over the median barrier wall where Balís semi hit it.

The left three lanes west bound were closed for extinguishing the fire, removing the injured, and cleaning up of the roadway, and towing of the truck and trailer.


Posted 3/22/2018






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