Monon man dies in I-65 crash

2013-07-31T18:14:00Z 2013-08-01T07:35:03Z Monon man dies in I-65 crashJoseph S. Pete, (219) 933-3316

LOWELL | A Monon man died when his pickup was sandwiched between two semitrailers on Interstate 65 near Lowell.

The crash took place just south of the Lowell exit about 6 a.m. Wednesday and shut down both northbound lanes between Ind. 10 and Ind. 2 for hours. One of semitrailers in the three-vehicle crash ran over and ended up on top of the pickup truck.

Monon resident Jim A. Uildriks, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene. Uildriks' cause of death was massive blunt force trauma, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Uildriks was headed north on Interstate 65, driving behind a semitrailer that was pulling a box trailer, according to Indiana State Police.

Indianapolis resident Richard W. Konrad, 59, was driving the semi in the right lane and stopped because of construction ahead.

A second semitrailer, driven by 51-year-old Wisconsin resident Paul J. Gottsacker, also was headed north in the right lane. Gottsacker's semi failed to stop or slow down, ran over Uildriks' pickup truck and hit the other semi's trailer, police said.

Gottsacker, of Lavelle, was cited for speeding too fast to avoid a collision, which is an infraction, Indiana State Police spokeswoman Ann Wojas said. The Lake County prosecutor's office will review the case to see if any charges are warranted.

Both semitrailer drivers were taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point with complaints of pain.

Konrad's truck had been loaded with about 44,000 pounds of lead ingots, and a small number of them were lost on the road after the crash. Gottsacker's semi was loaded with meat, and none of the cargo was lost.

All northbound traffic was diverted off Ind. 10 for nearly four hours as emergency responders cleaned up the crash scene. The left lane reopened about 9:45 a.m.

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