All eastbound lanes
of the Indiana Toll Road were closed in LaPorte County early this morning
after a semi-tractor trailer loaded with potatoes caught fire in an
accident, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 3 a.m. Andrzej J. Kudlacik, 31, of Streamwood, Ill., was
eastbound on the Toll Road, about 1.5 miles east of the Michigan City exit,
when a deer entered his path of travel.
left the roadway to the left, and hit the concrete barrier wall, police
said. His rig rolled onto the driverís side and promptly ignited, police
said. Kudlacik himself was able to safely exit the tractor but debris strewn
across all eastbound lanes caught fire, as did the grassy median, police
The Westville Fire
Department responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze.