Chesterton Tribune

Semi following too closely causes accident on I-80

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A Nebraska semi-driver was cited for following to closely after a two vehicle accident Wednesday that caused one driver to hit the median wall near the 6.0 mile-marker on Interstate 80, Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 6:18 p.m. Hayden G. Crockett, 55, of Aurora, Neb., failed to slow and stop before hitting a second semi in the rear.

The driver of the second semi which was Franciszell Studzinski, 50, of Hobart, who advised police he was traveling in the second lane from the left on I-80 when traffic stopped in front of him before the collision occurred.

Police said Crockett lost control of his semi as a result of the collision and struck the median wall.

Studzinskiís semi, owned by MLP Leasing Inc. of Romeoville, Ill., was pulling a container trailer loaded with auto parts which was not lost nor damaged. Police said Studzinski did not sustain any injuries.

Crockett was also uninjured and his load of Hormel meats inside a refrigerated box trailer was not lost nor damaged, police said.

The two left lanes east bound were closed for an hour for removal of vehicles, clean up and crash investigation.

Assisting ISP were the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Gary Police Department, Hoosier Helpers, and Waco Towing Services.

Police did not give damage estimates to Crockettís 2003 Freightliner semi and Studzinskiís 2005 Freightliner semi.




Posted 8/16/2012