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Semi ends atop car in fatal I65 crash in Lake County today

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LOWELL, Ind. (AP) - A semitrailer cab drove onto the top of a car in a crash on Interstate 65 in Lake County that police say has killed one person today.

State police say the northbound lanes of I-65 were closed by the crash that happened just after 6 a.m. this morning near the Indiana 2 interchange in southern Lake County, about 20 miles south of Gary.

Preliminary investigation indicated that a white 2010 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, owned by Quemetco Incorporated out of Indianapolis driven by Richard W. Konrad, 59 of Indianapolis, was north bound on I-65 in the right lane just south of the Lowell exit when the semi stopped because of construction up ahead.

A second semi a 2007 Volvo pulling a box trailer, owned by Mystic Wolf Express out of Thornton, Colorado, and driven by Paul J Gottsacker, 51 of Lavelle, Wisconsin, was also northbound in the right lane and failed to slow down/stop. The Volvo hit and ran over the top of a 2007 Dodge Ram pick-up which was behind Konrad’s semi and then hit the trailer of Konrad’s semi.

The driver of the Ram pick-up has been identified as Jim A. Uildriks, 52 of Monon, Indiana. Uildriks was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County Coroner of massive blunt force trauma.

Konrad’s semi was loaded with approximately 44,000 of lead ingots; after the impact a small number of these were lost on the roadway. Gottsacker’s semi was partially loaded with meat. No load was lost.

All traffic northbound was diverted off at State Road 10 (Demotte/Roselawn) exit for removal of the vehicles, reconstruction of the crash and clean up of the roadway. The left lane was re-opened at approximately 9:45 a.m.

Both Konrad and Gottsacker were taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point for complaint of pain.


Posted 7/31/2013