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Spilled load of aluminum sheet snarls traffic on I80

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All travel lanes on westbound I-80 in Lake County were closed on Tuesday afternoon after a semi-tractor trailer lost part of its load, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 1:28 p.m. trucker Philip Johnson, 50, of Haviland, Ohio, was westbound on I-80, just west of Burr Street, when he braked sharply to avoid colliding with another semi which had pulled out in front of him. Johnsonís load of 46,641 pounds of aluminum sheeting then shifted and slid forward, the load was unloosed, and about a quarter of the sheeting spilled across all lanes of traffic, police said.

Johnson escaped injury and no vehicles were struck by the aluminum but motorists were forced to use both shoulders until around 2:30 p.m., when the three left lanes were re-opened. All lanes were re-opened by 3 p.m., police said.

Johnson was issued a citation for an expired medical card, police said. His rig was owned by J. Trans of Fort Wayne.


Posted 4/10/2013