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Trucker badly hurt in crash which closes I65

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A driver was seriously injured on Wednesday in a four-vehicle accident on I-65 in Newton County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 9:03 a.m. a trucker whose name has not yet been released was northbound on I-65, near the 231 mile marker, when he failed to slow for traffic in time, veered off the roadway, hit a snow-covered berm, then over-corrected and jackknifed, hitting the rear of a second semi-tractor trailer driven by Robert L. Brawley, 55, of West Frankfort, Ill.

The unidentified trucker’s tractor was then crushed between his trailer and Brawley’s, police said.

Brawley’s rig, in turn, was shoved into a third one, driven by John G. Tollefson 59, of St. Michael, N.D., and Tollefson’s rig into a fourth, driven by Jose J. Solis, 26, of Chicago.

The unidentified trucker was the only one injured, police said. He was extricated from his cab and transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with possible life threatening injuries.

I-65 was closed for approximately four hours.

No citations have been issued at this time, police said.



Posted 2/6/2014