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CPD: Trucker felt trailer begin to shift before crash

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The trucker whose rig overturned on Wednesday at the intersection of Ind. 49 and the entrance to the Indiana Toll Road felt his trailer “begin to shift” just before the crash, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, trucker Dion Lewis, 52, of South Holland, Mich., was northbound on Ind. 49 when he “began to execute his left turn” into the Toll Road “from a dead stop” at the traffic signal. Lewis--who stated that “he was going no more than 20 miles per hour through the turn”--felt his rig “shift in an unusual manner,” then from his outside mirror saw his trailer tipping onto its right side,” police said.

Lewis sustained minor bleeding to the head, appeared “slightly disoriented” on first-responders’ arrival, and was subsequently transported to hospital, police said.

The trailer itself slid for a short distance on the pavement before coming to rest on the north shoulder of the entrance to the Toll Road, just barely clearing the southbound lanes of Ind. 49.

Due to the extreme heat on Wednesday--93 degrees at the time of the crash, police said--the softened asphalt was damaged during the process to right the semi.

The vehicle, which sustained up to $25,000 in damage, was towed, police said, but the trailer was subsequently impounded by the Indiana State Police’s Motor Carrier Division “for an inactive trailer plate,” police added.


Posted 7/12/2019




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