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[ISP] Semi Crashes Closes Cline Ramp for Over 4 Hours
Start Date: 1/31/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/31/2014
Entry Description

Hammond, Lake County-A semi crashed early this morning closing the I-80 east bound to Cline Avenue entrance ramp for four and a half hours.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Gary Runde revealed that at approximately 12:08 a.m., this Friday, January 31, 2014, morning a 2001 Mack semi hauling scrap metal attempted to exit onto the Cline Avenue ramp from I-80 east bound. The driver, Randall L. Dystra, 60 of Beecher, Illinois, was driving in the right lane which was covered in slushy snow, the semi pulled to the left, struck the impact attenuator at the front of the concrete barrier wall that divides Cline Avenue ramp from the I-80 east bound mainline. The semi slid down the concrete barrier wall, causing the semi to jack-knife across the right lane on the ramp.

The front drive tires on the Mack were torn off and one set of the rear tandems (wheels) on the trailer were also torn off. The rear tandems came to rest on the left shoulder.

Beecher was taken to Saint Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago with complaint of pain.

The ramp was closed until 4:28 a.m. for clean-up of the roadway and removal of the semi/trailer.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: 219-696-6242
Email: awojas@isp.in.gov
Lake Co. crash
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