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ISP: Trucker sneezes crashes on I-94 offramp

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A trucker was injured Thursday after losing control of his rig when he sneezed while exiting I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 11 a.m. Steven Baker Jr., 47, of East Prairie, Mo., was exiting eastbound I-80/94 onto northbound Indianapolis Blvd. when he “became distracted by a spell of sneezes and coughs.”

Baker’s rig left the roadway and his trailer--loaded with 30,000 pounds of aluminum--overturned onto the driver’s side, coming to rest in the right northbound lane of Indianapolis Blvd.

Baker was extricated from the tractor by Good Samaritans, then transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The trailer had to be off-loaded before it could be righted. The crash site was re-opened at 5 p.m.


Posted 10/18/2019




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