Chesterton Tribune

Trucker cited in ramp rollover here

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A Fairborn, Ohio, trucker was issued multiple citations on Tuesday after his rig rolled over on an I-94 exit ramp in Chesterton, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 2:04 p.m. Thomas E. Poling, 47, was exiting eastbound I-94 for southbound Ind. 49 when—“going too fast”—he was forced to brake for a slower moving vehicle in front of his, his load shifted, and both his cab and trailer rolled over onto its passenger’s side.

Poling was hauling 45,000 pounds of metal shavings in ten containers which “were not secure inside the box trailer,” police said.

Poling was transported to the Franciscan Alliance 24-hour ER department on Indian Boundary Road with non-life threatening injuries.

Poling was issued citations for speed too fast to avoid collision, a securement violation, a seatbelt violation, an open container violation, and equipment violations, police said, and other charges may be pending.

Chesterton firefighters responded to the scene.

The ramp was closed for some time to off-load the metal shavings and right the tractor and trailer.

Poling’s 2012 Freightliner was owned by Piqua Transfer and Storage of Piqua, Ohio, and the load was en route to Bedford, Ohio, from Spencer, Iowa, police said.

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Posted 7/11/2012