Overturned beer truck clogs commute

2012-08-03T15:45:00Z 2012-08-05T00:16:14Z Overturned beer truck clogs commuteBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
August 03, 2012 3:45 pm  • 

LAKE STATION | A semitrailer hauling beer overturned on the ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to the westbound Borman Expressway around 7:30 a.m. Friday, closing the ramp until early afternoon.

The wreck jammed traffic on I-65 at the peak of the morning rush. By noon, traffic was backed up for miles on I-65. Traffic returned to normal about 3:30 p.m.

Police said a 2003 Freightliner driven by Robert A. Durham, 62, of Chicago, was going too fast on the curve when the left side of the trailer left the pavement, causing the 42,000 pounds of beer inside to shift and the trailer and semi to overturn on its side.

Police said Durham was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary with non-life threatening injuries. Durham was cited for speed too fast to avoid a collision and a violation of securing the freight. He was also cited for a log book violation and removed from service, police said.

Crews worked to take the load of beer off the truck so they could upright it and remove it from the road.

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