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ISP: Driver rolls car three times, walks away from it

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A Bensonville, Ill., motorist escaped injury on Tuesday after rolling her car on I-80 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:56 a.m. Barbara Macikszek, 35, was eastbound in the left lane of I-80, when she swerved right to avoid semi tire tread in the roadway. Macikszek struck the driver’s side tire of a semi in the adjacent lane, ricocheted into the concrete median wall, rolled three times, and went airborne, once again hitting the semi to her right and this time putting a hole in the rig’s box trailer, police said.

Finally, Macikszek’s 2011 Hyundai collided one last time with the median wall, then came to rest upright facing westbound.

Macikzsek—who was wearing her seatbelt—walked away from the crash and refused medial treatment. Her Hyundai was a total loss.

The driver of the semi, Randy Townsend, 36, of Hartford City, Ind., was not injured and there was loss of his load of barbells. Townsend’s rig, owned by OJC Trucking of Hartford City, sustained $10,000 in damage.

“With the holidays upon us, this is a good reminder of how important it is to buckle up,” police said. “Buckling up and all the air bags the car had inside saved this woman’s life. We just want everyone to be able to spend this holiday season with their loved ones.”



Posted 12/19/2012