MICHIGAN CITY | A semitrailer hauling a load of potatoes rolled over on the Indiana Toll Road early Monday and burst into flames, closing all eastbound lanes at U.S. 421, police said.
Police said the rollover occurred around 3 a.m. No injuries were reported.
A 2006 Volvo semi owned by MGBR Logistics in Broadview, Ill., pulling a box trailer of potatoes was traveling east on the Toll Road in the right lane about a mile east of the U.S. 421/Michigan City exit when a deer ran in front of it, police said.
The driver swerved to the left, went off the road and hit a concrete barrier wall with the left front of the semi. The driver then lost control and the semi rolled onto its left side, police said.
The driver was able to get out of the cab as the semi caught fire and became engulfed. Flaming debris littered all lanes of eastbound traffic and caused the grassy median to also catch fire.
The Westville Fire Department extinguished the fires, police said.
The driver of the semi — Andrzej Kudlacik, 31, of Streamwood, Ill. — was cited with unsafe lane movement. Kudlacik was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and was not injured.
The crash closed all eastbound lanes until around 6 a.m., and caused traffic delays through the afternoon.