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Semi rearends semi on I-94 near Portage today

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Three persons were injured today and a trucker cited after one semi rear-ended another on I-94 in Porter County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:05 a.m. trucker Christopher Nagy, 44, of Battle Creek, Mich., was westbound on I-94, at the 19.3 mile marker just east of the Portage exit, when he moved from the middle lane to the right lane, in the process rear-ending a second semi which had just merged onto I-94 from Ind. 249.

The second semi was driven by Eduardo Ramirez Sr., 54, of Sauk Village, Ill.

Police said that Nagy sustained trauma to both legs and was transported to Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. Ramirez, and his co-driver, Eduardo Ramirez Jr., 29, were transported to Porter Portage Hospital Campus with “non-life threatening injuries.”

Nagy was issued a citation for speed too fast to avoid collision.

Nagy’s rail container—operated by Gertsen Interstate Systems of Melrose Park, Ill.—was loaded with unknown freight and there was no load loss.

Ramirez’s covered flat-bed trailer—operated by Creekwood Carriers LLC of Hobart—was loaded with two steel coils. One of them broke free and slid to one side of the trailer, police said.

At deadline today, the right lane was still closed for off-loading the coils and cleanup, police said.


Posted 7/23/2012