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Truck tips, loses lumber on EC woman’s car

An East Chicago woman escaped serious injury Thursday Oct. 24 2013 when Salem Ind. truck driver lost load lumber her

An East Chicago woman escaped serious injury Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, when a Salem, Ind., truck driver lost a load of lumber on her car on the Interstate-65 north ramp to Interstate 80-94 in Gary. | Indiana State Police photo

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Updated: October 24, 2013 11:34PM



GARY - Quick thinking by an East Chicago woman came in handy Thursday when a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber lost its load on top of her car.

A press release from the Indiana State Police said the semitrailer driven by James Reynolds, 61 of Salem, Ind., was on the Interstate-65 north to Interstate-80/94 west ramp in the middle lane at about 3 p.m. when he took the curve too fast, causing his load of lumber to shift and the flat bed to start to roll over.

Katrina Reillo, 31, of East Chicago, was next to Reynolds when she realized the semi was losing its load. Reillo was able to lie across her 2009 Nissan’s console toward the passenger side when part of the load of lumber landed on the driver’s side top crushing it.

Reillo was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. Reynolds was treated and released at the scene for complaint of pain, police said. He was wearing a seat belt.

Reynolds was cited for speed too fast to avoid a collision and for having an unsecured Load.



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