posttrib
PICTURESQUE 
Weather Updates

Flaming semitrailer ties up highway traffic

A semitrailer is flames early Wednesday June 11 2014 westbound lanes Interstate 94 just east Burns Harbor/Porter exit. | IndianState

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

storyidforme: 67672619
tmspicid: 24100612
fileheaderid: 11876372

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.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.