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
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.