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State Police: Lumber rolls off semi on top of car on I-65 / I-94 ramp

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A motorist from East Chicago suffered minor injuries Thursday after her vehicle was hit by lumber that slid off the back of a semi on the I-65 north bound to 1-80/94 west bound ramp in Lake County, Indiana State police said.

According to police, at approximately 2:59 p.m. James Reynolds, 61, of Salem, Ind. was pulling a flat bed loaded with lumber in the middle lane when he took the curve too fast, causing the lumber to shift and his semi-flat bed to roll over.

The second motorist identified as Katrina Reillo, 31, of East Chicago, was in the right lane next to Reynolds’ semi when she noticed the lumber starting to fall off the bed of the truck, police said. Reillo was able to lie across her console towards the passenger side when part of the load landed on and “crushed” her driver’s side top, police said.

Reillo was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with “non-life threatening injuries.” She was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Reynolds, who was also wearing his seat beat, complained of pain and was treated and released at the scene, police said. He was cited for speed too fast to avoid a collision and an unsecured load, police said.

Police did not give estimates of the damage to Reynolds’ 2004 International semi owned by Stonebelt Freight Lines of Bloomington, Ind. and Reillo’s 2009 Nissan.

The ramp to I-65 north bound to I-80/94 west bound was closed for investigation of the crash, removal of the injured and car, off-loading and re-loading of the lumber, and up righting of the semi-flat bed, police said.

Assisting at the scene were ISP Commercial Vehicle Division Sgt. Wanda Clay, Indiana Department of Transportation Hoosier Helpers and Hobart Fire and EMS.


Posted 10/25/2013