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,
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
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.”