Semi rollover on I-65 near Lowell slows southbound traffic

2013-10-10T13:15:00Z 2013-10-10T21:26:26Z Semi rollover on I-65 near Lowell slows southbound trafficTimes Staff
October 10, 2013 1:15 pm  • 

LOWELL | The driver of a semi pulling a dump trailer lost control of the vehicle Thursday and rolled over on southbound Interstate 65 just north of the Lowell exit, losing part of its load.

The accident occurred around 10:43 a.m. As of 1 p.m. traffic was squeezing through in one lane between the lost load of dirt and the truck, Indiana State Police said. Both deceleration lanes were closed.

Police said the semi, driven by a Valparaiso man, was southbound in the right lane when the driver started to change lanes. When the truck went into the left lane, it struck an uneven portion of the roadway under construction.

The driver drove off the the road, over-corrected then rolled onto the driver's side, sliding for 75 feet, blocking the deceleration lanes to the Lowell exit and part of the right lane.

The semi, owned by V and H Excavating Co. in Hebron, was loaded with dirt and headed to the Newton County landfill. The load was load off the inner shoulder and partially in the left lane.

The driver was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries to his head and hands, police said. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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