MAJOR CRASH: Semis Jack-Knife In Indiana

Courtesy Indiana State Police

LAKE COUNTY, IN ( (Source: Indiana State Police) — A two semi crash on I-65 south bound at the 244.8 mile marker (this is approximately three miles south of the Crown Point exit) has gridlocked south bound traffic all morning.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper William Carlson revealed at approximately 4:30 a.m., this Wednesday, February 13, 2019, morning, a 2016 Kenworth semi pulling a box trailer, owned by Conway Truck Load Incorporated, and driven by David Handler, 30 of Bois D’ Arc, Missouri, was south bound on I-65 when he lost control on the ice/snow covered roadway.  The Kenworth jackknifed and traveled west and struck the right side guardrail.  The Kenworth and its trailer rolled onto its left side, and came to a stop with the box trailer blocking the right and middle lanes.

A 2019 Peterbilt semi pulling a box trailer, owned by Time Transport Incorporated, and driven by Jason De Ford, 47 of Racine, Wisconsin, was also south bound when he was unable to reduce speed to avoid Handler’s semi and crashed into the undercarriage and rear axle area of the Kenworth’s trailer that was in the middle lane.  The Peterbilt then ran off the road and crashed into the outside guardrail, where the Peterbilt and its trailer blocked all lanes of I-65 southbound.

Courtesy Indiana State Police

Handler and De Ford were taken to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries; a service dog belonging to Handler was located at the scene and transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital to be reunited with his owner.

The Peterbilt has been removed from the roadway and the Kenworth is currently still being removed.  The left lane is only open in this area.  The removal is lengthy due to up-righting the semi and trailer and clean-up of the diesel fuel it has leaked.

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