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