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[ISP] Semi Hauling Steel Rolls Over and Closes Ramp
Start Date: 5/19/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/19/2014
Entry Description

Burns Harbor, Porter County-A semi driver took a ramp too fast causing his load to shift and his semi to roll over blocking the ramp for over four hours.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Randy Palmer revealed that at 11:35 a.m., this Monday, May 19, 2014, morning a 2006 Freightliner semi pulling a box trailer, owned by Bella Transport Incorporated out of Taylor, Michigan and driven by Donald Bell, 60 of Belleville, Michigan took the I-94 east bound to U.S. 20 west bound ramp too fast (this is the 22 mile marker/Burns Harbor/Porter exit).

The semi was fully loaded with crates of 6 inch round solid pieces of steel. Bell took the curve on the ramp too fast which caused his insecure load to shift causing the semi and trailer to roll over onto its driver’s side. Burns Harbor Fire Department responded and had to cut the top of the semi tractor off to get Bell out. Bell was taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso with non-life threatening injuries.

Bell was cited for Speed too Fast to Avoid a Collision.

The ramp from I-94 Eastbound to U.S. 20 westbound was closed for almost four hours for off-loading of the steel, up-righting of the semi and trailer, and removal of the injured driver.

Assisting: Trooper Lawrence McFarrin, Burns Harbor Police and Fire Department, Cloverleaf Towing and Hoosier Helpers

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