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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.

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.