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Truck driver seriously injured in I65 crash

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An Illinois man was seriously injured this morning when he lost control of his semi on the snow/ice covered interstate.

Preliminary investigation by State Police indicates that at approximately 8:20 a.m., today a 2011 Ford semi pulling an empty flat bed trailer, driven by Sean Gaw, 31 of Elmhurst, Illinois was southbound on I-65 in the right lane when he lost control on the bridge over State Road 2 at the Lowell exit.

The area was receiving snow with a strong cross wind that made the roadways icy and slick. The semi began to jack-knife went off the roadway to the west, down a steep embankment backwards where the tractor hit a tree on the driverís side.

Gaw was pinned inside the semi and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. He was transported to Saint Anthonyís Hospital in Crown Point with serious injuries.

The semi was owned by Forming America LTD out of West Chicago, Illinois.

State Police remind drivers that "road conditions don't cause crashes, speed too fast for the conditions of the roadway cause crashes. Slow down and get to your destination safely. Give yourself plenty of time and be diligent to conditions of the roads."

Posted 1/16/2014