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Trucker rolls rig on I-65 and spills load of dirt

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A trucker lost control of his rig on Thursday, rolling it over on I-65 in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:43 a.m. Joel E. Mick, 43, of Valparaiso, was southbound on I-65, hauling a dump trailer, when just north of the Lowell exit he attempted to shift from the right to the left lane. Police said that Mickís 1989 Peterbilt hit an uneven portion of the roadway and that Mick lost control of it, leaving the roadway to the right, over-correcting, then rolling his rig onto the driverís side.

The semi slid for approximately 75 feet, blocking the deceleration lanes to the Lowell exit and partially blocking the right lane, police said. Mick--driving for V&H Excavation Company of Hebron and hauling a load of dirt headed to the Newton County landfill in Brook--lost his load off the inner shoulder and partly in the left lane, police said.

Mick, who was wearing his seatbelt, was transported to Saint Anthonyís Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries to his head and hands.

Police noted that there is ongoing repaving work in this area of I-65, where the right lane is lower than the left, but that signage has been posted warning motorists to reduce their speed and watch for uneven pavement.



Posted 10/11/2013