Chesterton Tribune

Semi loses steel coil on 49 / 94 ramp Friday

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A Chicago trucker was cited on Friday after rolling his rig on an I-94 on-ramp in Chesterton, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 2:10 p.m. Vasil Simonovski was on the ramp from northbound Ind. 49 to eastbound I-94 when he failed to negotiate the curve and his 2004 Freightliner tractor and flatbed trailer rolled onto their sides, ejecting a 57,000-pound steel coil.

Simonovski was transported to Porter hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Simonovski was issued citations for speed too fast to avoid a collision, over-weight permit violations, and equipment violations, police said.

The semi was owed by PI&I Motor Express Inc. of Masury, Ohio, police said, and the coil was en route to Mishawaka from Portage.

Chesterton firefighters were on the scene for nearly 90 minutes, Capt. Tony Coslet told the Chesterton Tribune today, while the coil was being reloaded and the rig righted.

Coslet noted that the coil “took out a big hunk” of the ramp, which will need repair.

Also on the scene: Chesterton Police officers and a Street Department crew.


Posted 8/6/2012