Semi rollover jams traffic on I-65 near CP

2013-11-07T07:42:00Z 2013-11-07T23:07:07Z Semi rollover jams traffic on I-65 near CPTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 07, 2013 7:42 am  • 

A truck driver was transported to a local hospital after his semi rolled over into the ditch Thursday morning on northbound Interstate 65 near Crown Point.

Indiana State Police said the semi, which was hauling produce, rolled over around 4:30 a.m. about two miles south of the U.S. 231 exit for Crown Point.

Jeffrey Keel, 36, of Mayville, Wisc., told police he was driving the 2012 Freightliner pulling a box trailer for TTI Inc. out of Eden, Wisc. when he reached down for a drink between the driver's and passenger's seat. When he looked up, the semi was drifting off the road.

Keel told police he lost control of the vehicle when the tires hit the gravel off the shoulder and the semi overturned.

Emergency crews broke the windshield to free Keel from the cab. He was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point with a large, non-life threatening head wound.

Police said Keel was wearing his seat belt.

Keel was cited for unsafe lane movement and log book not current.

The semi was loaded with produce coming from Florida City, Fla. to Lemont, Ill. No load was lost.

A rear end crash occurred between two vehicles south of the accident scene. Police believe it was caused by drivers having to slow or stop for backups caused by the rollover.

The right lane was closed for about three hours as crews worked to clear the accident scene.

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