A trucker traveling
too fast for snowy road conditions crashed his rig on Wednesday on I-80/94
in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 10:15 a.m. trucker Juan M. Munoz, 39, of Hammond, was westbound
on I-80/94, near the 14.9 mile marker, when he passed an ISP trooper en
route--his emergency lights activated--to an earlier crash. As Munoz himself
approached that crash scene, he “locked up the brakes,
causing the semi to jackknife and hit the inside barrier wall,” police said.
Munoz’s load of
sheet metal came loose from the trailer and was scattered across all three
lanes, forcing the closure of I-80/94, police said.
Munoz, in the
meantime, came to rest approximately 10 yards from the crash to which the
ISP trooper was headed at the time.
Munoz was issued a
citation for speed too fast for conditions, police said.
Some 51,000 pounds
of sheet metal was strewn across the roadway, police added.