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Police: Unsafe speed causes one vehicle crash on I-80 today

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From the Indiana State Police:

Lake 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The semi came to rest approximately 10 yards from the original crash.

The International received heavy front end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Work continued into the afternoon to clean up the 51,000 pounds of sheet metal that was strewn across all lanes.

As 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.

The investigation is continuing.


Posted 2/5/2014