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Troopers say ‘driver error’ to blame for trailer ‘mishap’


UPDATE 2:05 PM February 27—————————————————

Indiana State Police have released new information about an I-65 bridge strike near Crown Point, citing “driver error” as the cause.

From Indiana State Police:

Last night at approximately 10:17 p.m., a semi hauling a dump trailer was north bound on I-65 at the 248.8 mile-marker. At some point, the driver of the truck inadvertently activated the dump control, resulting in the trailer tilting to the upright position. The trailer struck the 113th Ave. overpass as the truck drove underneath. The trailer came to a rest upright, in the middle of the roadway. The driver, David Chavez, 31, from Chicago, Illinois, was able to stop the tractor shortly after the impact. He was not injured. The trailer, a 2005 Superior dump trailer owned by C&M Trucking Services located in Chicago, IL, was towed by Midnight Blue from the scene. The trailer was empty at the time of the crash. The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours for scene cleanup and bridge inspection by INDOT. Crown Point Police also assisted at the scene with traffic direction/overpass closure. The tractor, a 1988 Kenworth also owned by C&M Trucking Services, was able to be driven from the scene.

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Troopers are investigating after discovering a trailer resting vertically against an interstate overpass in northwestern Indiana.

Indiana State Police’s Lowell District posted about the trailer around 12 a.m. on Thursday morning, describing the incident as a “mishap.”

Troopers say that a truck’s dump trailer struck an overpass on northbound I-65 at mile marker 248.8 near Crown Point.

So far, police have offered few details about the bridge strike, but they say that more information is forthcoming.

Traffic was diverted off of northbound I-65 while crews inspected the bridge for structural damage. No serious damage was discovered.

This is a developing story.


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