LAKE STATION | A trucker elevated littering to a new extreme after rolling over and dumping part of a 42,000-pound load of paper garbage onto an interstate ramp in Lake Station, according to police.
Semitrailer driver Andriy I. Burych, a 28-year-old Hamtramck, Mich., resident, spilled his paper cargo after crashing on the Indiana Toll Road ramp onto Interstate 80/94 on Friday morning, according to an Indiana State Police news release.
Burych was not injured in the crash, which shut down traffic for hours.
About 6:50 a.m., he was driving on the ramp headed east when he lost control of his semitrailer. He told police a car in front of him slammed on its brakes, forcing him to brake as well. His truck veered and rolled over.
Part of the paper garbage he was hauling from Minneapolis to Michigan was lost in the grassy median after the top of his box trailer split open.
Police gave Burych a ticket for speeding too fast to avoid a collision. He will not be driving a semi again anytime soon.
He was placed out of service as a truck driver for not being proficient enough in the English language. Under federal law, all drivers must be able to speak and read in English. Burych will not be allowed to drive a semi again until he demonstrates that he can understand English, including by being able to answer questions and follow instructions.