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Truck Loaded with Mail Rolls Over on I-65

18 Dec

Gazette Staff

Lake County-A semi loaded with mail rolled over this Wednesday, December 18, 2013, morning, closing the left lane on south bound I-65 at the 243 mile marker (this is three miles north of the Lowell exit).

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Martin Benner revealed that at approximately 10:51 a.m., this morning, a 2001 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer owned by Boss Trucking Incorporated out of Thornton, Illinois and driven by Robert Boutcher, 60 of Saint John, Indiana was south bound on I-65 when he changed lanes from the right lane to the left. There had been a previous crash in that location earlier which was off the roadway on the right and no lanes were closed because of it.

Boutcher stated he saw the crash activity up ahead and changed lanes to go into the left lane and began to slow down. He stated he looked to the right at the crash and when he looked forward another semi ahead of him was going slower than Boutcher’s semi. Boutcher steered to the left, went off the road, lost control and hit the barrier median cables. The Volvo semi then came back partially into the left lane before it went off the road again, losing control and hitting the barrier median cables for a second time causing the semi to roll over onto its passenger side in the median where it became entangled in the barrier cables.

Boutcher was taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a seat belt. Boutcher was cited for Speed too Fast for Conditions.

The semi trailer was filled with United States Mail going to Lafayette then Indianapolis. No mail was lost. The Volvo semi was a total loss the trailer had damage to its passenger side.

The left lane is still closed for off loading of the mail onto another trailer and the up-righting of the semi.
The lane is expected to be closed for approximately another 1 ½ hours.

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QUICK BURST OF SNOW LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING

16 Dec

Gazette Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a special advisory for areas including Lake and Porter County in Indiana.  The advisory warns that:

CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE VERY FAVORABLE FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF MODERATE TO BRIEFLY HEAVY SNOWFALL ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM
ROCKFORD TO AURORA TO VALPARAISO THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

The burst is expected to hit Chicago by 3:00 pm and northwest Indiana by early evening. The evening commute may be difficult for many.  The Indiana Department of Transportation reports that all highways are clear at this point and there are no major delays.

Tanker with Hazardous Waste Crashes on I-65, Closes Road

14 Dec

Gazette Staff

Gary, Lake County-An early morning crash involving a semi placarded with Hazardous Material shut down a portion of I-65 north bound for almost twelve hours today, Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Preliminary investigation revealed at approximately 4:35 a.m., this morning, Trooper Brandon Henderson responded to a crash on I-65 north bound north of the I-80 west bound ramp. A 2013 Volvo semi pulling a tanker, owned by Transport Service Company out of Oak Brook, Illinois and driven by Dennis A. Rheiner, 61 of Jonesborough, Tennessee was north on I-65 in the right lane when a car cut him off so it could exit to the I-80 east bound ramp. This caused Rheiner to lose control of the semi on the snow covered road and it flipped onto its passenger side.

The semi was placarded for Hazardous Material Hexanes. Hexanes is a colorless, flammable liquid, derived from distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent. The semi was loaded with 6,935 gallons. A small leak was discovered after the crash.

Rheiner was not injured. Another semi/tanker was called from Transport Service Company out of Oak Brook, Illinois to come to the scene to off load the liquid.

All lanes were diverted off on I-65 north bound to the I-80 west bound exit ramp until 4:07 p.m. when the road was re-opened.

Assisting: Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Division Sergeant Wanda Clay, Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers, Gary and Lake Station Fire and Haz Mat, Waffco Towing, and Service Environmental

Semi-Tanker on Way to Clean Up Crash is Hit by Car

14 Dec

Gazette Staff

Gary, Lake County-A tanker on his way to the scene of an earlier roll over semi containing hazardous material was hit as the driver stood outside his semi.

Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Wanda Clay revealed at approximately 10:46 a.m., this Saturday, December 14, 2013, morning, a 2005 International semi pulling an empty tanker, owned by Transport Service Company out of Oak Brook, Illinois, had arrived at I-65 north bound just south of the crash that had occurred earlier this morning involving hazardous material.

At approximately 435 a.m. another semi/tanker owned by Transport Service Company was involved in a roll-over where a small leak of the Hazardous Material Hexanes it was loaded with was discovered. All lanes north on I-65 were diverted off to go west bound on I-80. The second semi was called from Transport Service Company to come to the scene so the Haz Mat liquid could be off loaded into the second tanker.

The driver of the second tanker, Anthony C. Smith, 51 of Chicago, Illinois, had gotten out of his semi, a 2005 International, after activating his hazard emergency lights, to talk to Hoosier Helper that was blocking I-65 northbound from the above earlier crash. Smith had gotten in front of his semi and was identifying himself to Hoosier Helper so he could have access to the earlier crash site when a 2009 Ford mini-van, driven by Tyrone Lashaun Hardin, 35 of Gary who was in the left lane came around the curve portion of the road, began to slide and hit the rear of the empty tanker. Hardin who was wearing his seat belt was treated and released at the scene. Smith was not injured.

The tanker sustained minimal damage and was able to be used to off load the hazardous material from the earlier crash and all lanes were re-opened on I-65 north bound at 4:07 p.m.

28 y.o. Avon, IN Woman Dies in Jasper County Crash

9 Dec

Gazette Staff

 

Jasper County-An Avon, Indiana woman died yesterday evening, Sunday, December 8th, from injuries she received in a three vehicle crash.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jason Madison revealed that at approximately 5:15 p.m., yesterday, a Jeep (unknown year) driven by Ashley A Rogers, 28 of Avon, Indiana was south bound on I-65 at the 225 ½ mile marker (this is approximately 4 ½ miles south of the Demotte/Roselawn exit) lost control for unknown reasons, road conditions were snow covered and slippery at the time of the crash.

A 2003 Ford, driven by Dana R O’Brian, 37 of Gary, was south bound and came over the hill crest and saw the Jeep spinning in the roadway. O’Brian swerved to the left to avoid the Jeep but was hit on the front right side of the Ford. The Ford came to rest on the inside shoulder. O’Brian was wearing her seat belt and was not injured.

A 2007 Kenworth semi, driven by Kimberly S. Thietje, age unknown from Burlington, Wisconsin stated she was south bound and came over the hill crest when she saw the Jeep in the right lane. Thietje could not avoid hitting the Jeep. The semi went off the interstate, down into a ditch and into the fence line approximately 50 feet off the road. The Kenworth was loaded with approximately 45,000 pounds of Resin. No load was lost. Thietje was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Rogers was found lying on the inside shoulder next to the concrete barrier wall. It is unsure at this time if she was ejected or hit while she was outside of her Jeep.

Rogers was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer and was being transported to a Lafayette Hospital when complications arose and was rushed back to Jasper County where she died at the hospital.

Family has been notified.

Winter Conditions Cause Traffic Delays

25 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Winter driving conditions are hitting the region before the end of November. INDot is reporting slowed traffic on I-65 and I-80/94. An accident on Cline Avenue has brought traffic to a crawl. Caution is urged if you must drive tonight. The Indiana State Police have issued the following tips for winter driving:

To help Hoosiers prepare for this the Indiana State Police offers the following tips.

Be prepared:
 Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
 Keep your gas tank at least half-full
 Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables
 Have a cell phone and charger cord
 Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
 Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
 Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
 Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
 Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.

Should you become stranded:
 Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
 Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
 Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
 Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
 Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour

For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at http://www.trafficwise.in.gov. In partnership with the Governor’s office, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education and the Red Cross more information can be found at the following website
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=ind&storyid=59664&source=0

I-65 Northbound Closed at MM 214 Due to Fatal Crash

5 Nov

 

The Indiana State Police are reporting that Northbound lanes of Interstate 65 are closed at mile marker 214 due to a fatal collision.  Mile marker 214 is approximately 15 miles south of DeMotte, Indiana (SR 10).  Travellers are advised to take a different route.