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[ISP] Semi Loses 250 Gallons of Diesel Fuel in Work Zone
Start Date: 4/28/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/28/2014
Entry Description

Portage, Porter County-A semi driver lost two hundred and fifty gallons of diesel when he crashed his semi into the concrete barrier wall causing two lanes of traffic to be closed in the construction zone..

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brandon Langford revealed that at approximately 3:41 p.m. this Monday, April 28, 2014, afternoon a 2003 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, owned by Kuntzman Trucking out of Alliance, Ohio and driven by Ray D. Rudibaugh, 71 of Lisbon, Ohio was west bound on I-94 at the 17 mile marker (this is approximately two miles west of the Portage exit) in the right lane when another semi came over into his lane causing him to go off the road. Rudibaugh’s semi then hit an impact attenuator and landed partially on top of the concrete barrier wall. This area is a well marked construction zone.

The semi was loaded with 34,141 pounds of paper bags and no load was lost. Rudibaugh was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

The semi’s fuel tank was ruptured and two hundred and fifty gallons of diesel were lost. Porter County Haz-Mat and Indiana Department of Transportation have been called to assist with the clean up. The right and middle lane were closed and all traffic was directed into the left lane. All lanes were reopened at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Rudibaugh was cited for speeding in the construction zone with workers present.

Assisting: Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Master Trooper Dave Eggers and Sergeant Wanda Clay, Department of Transportation, Hoosier Helpers, Porter County Haz-Mat and Waffco Towing

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: 219-696-6242
Email: awojas@isp.in.gov
Porter Co. crash
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