A semitrailer is in flames early Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 just east of the Burns Harbor/Porter exit. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: July 13, 2014 4:56PM
PORTER — An early morning crash and fire Wednesday on Interstate 80-94 east of the Burns Harbor/Porter exit closed the westbound lanes of highway until about 8 a.m.
The driver of the semitrailer, Mijalce Karanakov, 55, of Crown Point, escaped without injury.
At approximately 4:51 a.m., a 2005 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, driven by Karanakov and owned by the United Parcel Service was westbound on I-94 at the 23-mile marker in the right lane when for unknown reasons he swerved to the right as the lanes shifted to the left, according an Indiana State Police press release.
Karanakov failed to negotiate the jog in the right lane, swerving to the right, hitting an impact attenuator located on the outer shoulder, then scraping against the outer shoulder barrier wall, sliding across two lanes of westbound traffic and hitting the concrete barrier wall on the inside shoulder, the release said.
The impact caused the empty box trailer to burst into flames, police said.
Karanakov was cited for unsafe lane movement.