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Truck spills load, closes Borman in Gary

More than 10,000 pounds of aluminum sheets came loose during a Tuesday afternoon semi crash, closing the westbound lanes of the Borman Expressway in Gary for an hour.

Indiana State Police investigators said Haviland, Ohio, resident Philip Johnson, 50, was hauling 46,641 pounds of aluminum sheeting on a covered flat bed in the left center lane of Interstate 94 about 1:28 p.m. when he braked sharply because another semi pulled out in front of him from the right center lane.

The braking caused Johnson’s load to shift and slide forward. The load came loose and about one-quarter of the aluminum was scattered across the westbound lanes just west of the Burr Street exit.

Johnson was uninjured. No other vehicles hit the aluminum. Police redirected traffic onto the shoulders to get through until 2:30 p.m., when the three left lanes were reopened. All lanes were clear by 3 p.m.

Johnson was cited for having an expired medical card.



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