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Trucker cited after I-94 crash here

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(State Police photo)


A trucker who the Indiana State Police said was going too fast for road conditions lost control of his semi on I-94 near Burns Harbor on Wednesday and wrapped his semi around a sign structure.

According to police, at 10:48 a.m. trucker Marvin Cook, 56, of Flint, Mich., was westbound on I-94, at the 22 mile marker just west of the Burns Harbor/Porter exits, when he was unable to slow for traffic, jackknifed his semi-tractor trailer to the left, then hit and jumped the concrete barrier wall. Part of the trailer on top of the wall wrapped around a structure securing an informational sign which spans the eastbound lanes of I-94, police said.

Meanwhile, the hood from Cook’s tractor flew off and hit a 1998 Honda Accord driven by Megan Parde, 23, of Schofield, Wis.

Neither Parde nor Cook was injured, police said.

Cook’s Freightliner was loaded with 25,000 pounds of food en route to Meijer’s. No load was lost and a supervisor from the Department of Transportation arrived at the scene and deemed the informational sign structure safe.

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes were closed for removal of the semi and cleanup of the diesel fuel lost after the semi crashed.

Cook was issued citations for speed too fast for road conditions and for a log book violation, police said. “The roads at the time of the crash were still icy and snow packed in areas.”


Posted 1/9/2014