A Chicago man was cited for unsafe vehicle operation Tuesday, May 20, 2014, on Interstate 65 between U.S. 30 and 61st Avenue in Merrillville after "over-steering," police said. Work crews were needed to right the trailer the Chicago man was pulling that flipped, right. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: June 23, 2014 3:51PM
MERRILLVILLE — A Chicago man was cited after the trailer he was pulling with a pickup truck flipped Tuesday on Interstate 65.
Jaime Enriquez, 32, was driving a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup and pulling a 20-foot trailer just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, northbound between U.S. 30 and 61st Avenue, when he “oversteered,” according to Indiana State Police. The pickup then jack-knifed, slid off the roadway and hit a guard rail before the trailer flipped.
Enriquez, who was issued a ticket for unsafe vehicle operation, was not injured. The right lane was closed for 45 minutes to right the trailer, police said. The Dodge Dakota stayed upright.
The press release said trying to pull a loaded trailer with a pickup that was too light caused Enriquez to lose control and flip the trailer.
Enriquez had just picked the trailer up at a rental company in Merrillville; the rental agreement stipulated that it must be pulled by a much heavier vehicle than the pickup truck he was driving, police said.