Semi loses control, crashes on I-94 median

2014-01-08T17:34:00Z 2014-01-08T21:10:36Z Semi loses control, crashes on I-94 medianPhil Wieland, (219) 548-4352
January 08, 2014 5:34 pm  • 

BURNS HARBOR | The driver of a semi tractor trailer loaded with 25,000 pounds of food headed for Meijer lost control on the icy Interstate 94 Wednesday and crashed into the median barrier.

Indiana State Police said the driver, Marvin Cook, 56, of Flint, Mich., was cited for driving too fast for conditions as well as a log book violation. He was not injured, but the accident closed the left lanes in both directions on the interstate for several hours.

Police said Cook was westbound on I-94 about 10:45 a.m. just west of the Burns Harbor/Porter interchange when the accident occurred. He was in the center lane and noticed traffic ahead slowing because of an earlier accident.

Cook couldn't slow or stop and lost control of his Freightliner, which is owned by J.B. Hunt. The truck jackknifed to the left and hit the concrete median barrier. The tractor went over the wall while the trailer came to rest on top of the wall and wrapped around the sign support.

The truck's hood flew off and hit an eastbound Honda driven by Megan Parde, 23, of Schofield, Wis., who was in the right lane. Parde was not injured, and none of the food in the truck was lost. The sign support was not seriously damaged. The road was described as icy and snow-packed in areas.

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