From the Indiana State Police:
County-Today at approximately 10:15 a.m. CDT on I-80 westbound near the 14.9
mile marker westbound (that is near the Ripley Street Exit), a semi
traveling to fast for the conditions of the roadway crashed sending his load
across three lanes of the interstate.
Preliminary investigation by the Indiana State Police indicates that a red
1998 International owned by CRST Malone Inc. out of Birmingham, AL and
driven by Juan M. Munoz 39 years old from Hammond, IN was traveling
westbound on I-80 near the 14.9 mm when he came up on a State Police trooper
in his unmarked Mustang patrol car with its emergency light activated.
trooper was in route to another crash when he saw the semi come up behind
him and pass him in the snow and icy road conditions.
Munoz saw the crash and locked up the brakes causing the semi to jackknife
and hit the inside barrier wall.
load of sheet metal on the trailer came loose and was scattered across all
three lanes of I-80 causing the interstate to be closed.
semi came to rest approximately 10 yards from the original crash.
International received heavy front end damage and had to be towed from the
continued into the afternoon to clean up the 51,000 pounds of sheet metal
that was strewn across all lanes.
of 4:55 p.m. the left lane was still shut down for cleanup of the highway.
Munoz received a citation for too fast for the conditions of the roadway.
investigation is continuing.