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HazMat Tanker Rolls, Closing Toll Road for 2 Hours

19 Dec haz mat tanker rolls on indiana toll road

Gazette Staff

Lake County-A semi loaded with 30,650 pounds of Sodium Hydroxide Solution rolled
over on east bound Toll Road closing all lanes for almost two hours.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller revealed that at approximately
10:05 a.m., this Thursday, December 19, 2013, morning a 2013 Peterbilt semi pulling
a tanker trailer, driven by Eugene W. Hejhal, 55 of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin was on the
entrance ramp from I-80/94 (Borman Expressway) when he took the ramp too fast to
negotiate the curve portion of the ramp onto east bound I-90 (Toll Road). Hejhal
lost control of his semi as it began to slide off the roadway, jack-knifed and
rolled onto its driver’s side across all lanes blocking all lanes east bound on the
Toll Road.

The semi, owned by Heniff Transportation Systems out of Alsip, Illinois was loaded
with Sodium Hydroxide Solution which is used as an additive for cleaning detergent.
No load was loss.

Hejhal was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.

One lane was reopened at approximately 11:50 a.m. and all lanes were reopened at
1:53 p.m.

Hejhal was cited for Speed Too Fast for Conditions.

The semi/tanker was totaled.
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State Trooper Hit on I-65, No Injuries, Car Totalled

19 Dec ISP Vehicle crash

Gazette Staff

Lake County-An Indiana State Trooper’s police car was hit while the trooper was standing outside his police car covering an earlier crash.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Taylor Bryant revealed that at approximately 4:35 a.m., this Thursday, December 19, 2013, morning, Trooper Brandon Henderson responded to a single vehicle crash on I-65 north bound at the 256 mile marker (this is one mile north of the 61st Avenue exit). That crash involved a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up who had hit a “slick” spot in the left lane, causing the driver, Ryan P. Scheidt, 26 of Lake Village, to lose control, spin out and hit the guard rail on the outer shoulder head on. The Dodge Ram came to rest facing north straddling the guard rail. Henderson’s fully marked police car was parked behind the Ram pick-up with all of its emergency lights on and Henderson was outside of his 2012 Dodge Charger police car talking to Scheidt standing next to Scheidt’s driver’s window.

At approximately 4:45 a.m., a 1994 Toyota Camry, driven by Chris A. Bracamontes, 27 of Merrillville was north bound on I-65 in the center lane when he saw the crash up ahead. Bracamontes changed lanes to the left lane and lost control after hitting a “slick” spot. The Toyota spun out of control and hit Henderson’s Charger in the rear pushing it into the rear of Scheidt’s Ram pick-up.

Neither Henderson nor Scheidt were injured. Bracamontes was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. Bracamontes was cited for Driving While Suspended.

The 2012 Dodge Charger police car was totaled.

Cline ave. EB closed due to accident

11 Dec

Lake County -All lanes east bound at Cline Ave are closed due to three semi’s and one passenger car property damage. One of the semi’s was carrying a pontoon boat which is now on the interstate. Traffic is being diverted off at Indianapolis Boulevard.
Police are asking the motoring traffic to avoid this area; west bound traffic is also backed up because of this crash. We are also experiencing numerous other crashes on I-65 and I-80/94 due to the weather conditions. None of these crashes are serious or involve personal injury.
Roadways within the Lowell District are snow covered, slick and hazardous. The roadways are passable, but motorists must slow down, increase their following distance, avoid sudden lane changes and ensure everyone is buckled up. Additional snow is expected throughout the morning and drivers should expect hazardous conditions.

Driver Seriously Injured in Crash on 80/94

9 Dec

Gazette Staff

Lake County, Hammond-A driver was seriously injured early this Monday, December 9th, 2013 morning, when they lost control of the car they were driving.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Holmen revealed that at approximately 1:55 a.m., a black 2000 Mercury Mountaineer was west bound on I-80/94 just east of Cline Avenue when the driver was going too fast for road conditions (snow covered and slick in spots) and lost control. The Mountaineer spun out, went off the road and hit the inner barrier concrete wall. This caused the Mountaineer to bounce back onto I-80/94 where it came to rest in the middle lane.

A 2000 Freightliner pulling a soft sided trailer, owned by Vans Delivery Service out of Grand Rapids, Michigan and loaded with building material, driven by Michael W. Wilkins, 42 of Delton, Michigan was west bound and could not avoid the Mountaineer. The Freightliner after hitting the Mercury went off the road hit the inner shoulder concrete barrier wall and came to rest in the left lane.

The driver of the Mountaineer was ejected from the Mountaineer and came to rest in the left lane of the roadway. The driver was taken to Munster Community Hospital in Munster with critical life threatening head injuries. Family has NOT been notified. The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Wilkins was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries.

All lanes west bound were closed with traffic getting by on the outer shoulder until approximately 04:30 a.m. when all lanes were reopened. The lanes were closed for reconstruction of the crash, removal of the injured and vehicles and clean-up of the roadway.

Additional information concerning the Mercury’s driver will be forthcoming after family has been contacted.

UPDATE:  Driver has been identified as Andrea Taylor, 21 of Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Taylor was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn from Munster Community Hospital.

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
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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.

Semi Crash/Fire Closes West Bound Indiana Toll Road

22 Oct

by Vicky Black

user29390-1382469499-media2_f8fff5_240_180_PrsMe_Lake County-A three semi crash resulting in one semi catching fire and seriously injuring the driver has closed west bound I-90
(Indiana Toll Road) traffic. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Aron Weller revealed that at approximately 10:55 a.m., this Tuesday, October 22, 2013, morning a 2009 Kenworth pulling a tanker, driven by Dave A. Donervse, 32 of Paw Paw, Michigan was west bound in the right lane just east of the I-80/94/Ripley exit on the Toll Road.
Donervse was following a 2010 Sterling semi pulling double trailers, driven by James E. Filbert, 61 of Boardman, Ohio when traffic ahead slowed down. Donervse was unable to slow his Kenworth in time and struck the rear trailer of Filbert’s semi. This caused both trailers of Filbert’s semi to crash into each other and caused Donervse to
lose control. Donervse’s Kenworth veered off to the left where it pass a 2013 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, driven by Edward W. Bohnke, 52 of New Haven, Indiana that was in the right lane. Donervse’s Kenworth strew debris which hit and damaged Bohnke’s trailer. Donervse’s Kenworth then hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier which
caused the semi cab to catch on fire. Two GoodSamaritans were able
to pull Donervse from his cab.

Donervse was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with serious injuries. His tanker was owned by Rose Cartage Services out of Lansing, Illinois and loaded with salt. There was no load lost.

Filbert was treated and released at the scene with a minor injury and his
semi was owned by ABF Freight Systems out of Waterbury, Connecticut.
His trailers were loaded with general freight.Bohnke’s semi was owned
by Reba Transport out of Berne, Indiana and was loaded with furniture.
No load was lost.

Traffic west bound is still closed for investigation of the crash,
clean-up and removal of the burnt semi, damaged trailers and clean-up
of the roadway. Both lanes of traffic are expected to be re-opened shortly.