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.