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ISP: Trucker badly hurt in accident on icy I65

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A Elmhurst, Ill., trucker was seriously injured on Thursday when he lost control of his semi on I-65 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 8:20 a.m. Sean Gaw, 31, was southbound on I-65, driving a 2011 Ford semi and pulling an empty flat-bed trailer, when he lost control on the bridge over Ind. 2 at the Lowell exit.

“The area was receiving snow with a strong cross wind that made the roadways icy and slick,” police said.

Gaw’s semi jackknifed, left the roadway to the west, and traveled down a steep embankment backwards until hitting a tree on the driver’s side, police said. Gaw was pinned inside the semi and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. He was then transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with serious injuries, police said.

The semi was owned by Forming America LTD of West Chicago, Ill

“Road conditions don't cause crashes,” police said. “Speed too fast for the conditions of the roadway cause crashes. Slow down and get to your destination safely. Give yourself plenty of time and be diligent to conditions of the roads.”

 

 

Posted 1/17/2014