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
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.
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.