A motorist from East Chicago suffered minor injuries Thursday after her
vehicle was hit by lumber that slid off the back of a semi on the I-65 north
bound to 1-80/94 west bound ramp in Lake County, Indiana State police said.
According to police, at approximately 2:59 p.m. James Reynolds, 61, of
Salem, Ind. was pulling a flat bed loaded with lumber in the middle lane
when he took the curve too fast, causing the lumber to shift and his
semi-flat bed to roll over.
The second motorist identified as Katrina Reillo, 31, of East Chicago, was
in the right lane next to Reynolds’ semi when she noticed the lumber
starting to fall off the bed of the truck, police said. Reillo was able to
lie across her console towards the passenger side when part of the load
landed on and “crushed” her driver’s side top, police said.
Reillo was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with “non-life
threatening injuries.” She was wearing a seat belt, police said.
Reynolds, who was also wearing his seat beat, complained of pain and was
treated and released at the scene, police said. He was cited for speed too
fast to avoid a collision and an unsecured load, police said.
Police did not give estimates of the damage to Reynolds’ 2004 International
semi owned by Stonebelt Freight Lines of Bloomington, Ind. and Reillo’s 2009
The ramp to I-65 north bound to I-80/94 west bound was closed for
investigation of the crash, removal of the injured and car, off-loading and
re-loading of the lumber, and up righting of the semi-flat bed, police said.
Assisting at the scene were ISP Commercial Vehicle Division Sgt. Wanda Clay,
Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers and Hobart Fire and