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Roll over semi truck catches fire and gridlocks traffic on I-94

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A semi-truck lost control and blocked the Borman Expressway in Lake County today, State Police said.

The trucker hit a tire and overturned his trailer catching his tractor on fire. The resulting crash blocked three lanes of west bound traffic on I-80/94 at Calumet Avenue.

Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Lee Wright indicates that at approximately 12:41 p.m. today, 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 when he hit a tire that was laying 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-over onto its side, a diesel fuel tank on the tractor ruptured and the tractor caught fire. 

The tractor was completely engulfed in flames. 

Bal was able to exit the tractor on his own and was taken to Saint Margaretís Hospital in Hammond with non-life threatening injuries.

Earlier a 2000 Ford tow truck, owned by On Time Towing out of Park Forest, Illinois and driven by Dwayne A. Harris, 40 of Park Forest was east bound on I-80/94 when he lost his 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, cleaning up the roadway, and towing of the truck and trailer. 

West bound and east bound traffic was backed up in this area into the afternoon.

Assisting: Hammond Fire and EMS, Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Indiana Department of Transportation and Hoosier Helpers, and Bertís Towing.


Posted 3/21/2018




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