Illinois man injured in I-65 semitrailer crash
January 16, 2014 12:54PM
Lowell emergency personnel work to extricate an Elmhurst, Ill. man from a semi that spun off Interstate 65 Thursday morning. | Supplied photo from Indiana State Police
Updated: January 20, 2014 11:28AM
An Elmhurst, Ill., man was seriously injured Thursday morning when he lost control of his semi on snow-covered Interstate 65 in Lowell.
The Indiana State Police said the accident occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m. when a 2011 Ford semi, pulling an empty flat bed trailer and driven by Sean Gaw, 31, was southbound on I-65 in the right lane when he lost control on the bridge over State Road 2 at the Lowell exit.
The area was receiving snow with a strong crosswind that made the roadways icy and slick, according to police. The semi began to jack-knife, went off the roadway to the west, then down a steep embankment backwards where the tractor hit a tree on the driver’s side.
Gaw was pinned inside the semi and had to be extricated by the Lowell Fire Department. He was transported to Franciscan Saint Anthony Health-Crown Point with serious injuries, according to police.
The semi was owned by Forming America LTD out of West Chicago, Ill.