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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.

Driver Arrested in Work Zone after Night of Celebrating

24 Oct

IN Hammond, (Lake County) Early this morning a Beecher, Illinois man out celebrating the evening before disregarded all the traffic control devices in the overnight work zone set up on I-80/94 east bound east of Calumet Avenue.At approximately 3:24 a.m., this Thursday, October 24, 2013, morning, Sergeant Wanda Clay who was working traffic security for the work zone construction being done overnight on I-80/94 east bound saw a 2005 Ford Explorer drive in between the construction barrels behind her and stop to talk to a construction worker in his vehicle. The exit lane, right and right middle lanes were closed in this area for the overnight construction leaving the left two lanes open for motoring traffic. The area was well posted, with signage, barrels, traffic control devices, construction workers and vehicles.Clay was sitting in the right middle lane in construction with all of her emergency lights activated less than ½ mile from the workers up ahead. As she watched the Explorer come up behind her she thought he might have been a worker until she realized his vehicle didn’t have an amber light on it. The Explorer passed her police car and was approaching a construction semi-tanker loaded with water sitting in right lane as she took off after it. The semi was blocking the Explorer when it attempted to move to the right middle lane to get around it. The semi was able to maneuver itself to block the Explorer as Clay approached to stop it; as there were workers out working in front of the semi.The driver of the Explorer identified as Kyle C. Ohlendorf, 23 of Beecher, Illinois had been out celebrating the night before and stated he was “lost and confused” when he went around the barrels to talk to the first construction worker.Ohlendorf was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device in a Work Zone and Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. He was taken to Lake County Jail.