(Photos Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
In LaPorte County, an early morning crash on the Indiana Toll Road closed all lanes east bound when a semi loaded with potatoes went out of control, rolled over, and caught fire. A preliminary investigation showed the driver was in the right lane one-and-a-half miles east of the US 421 Michigan City exit when he said a deer ran out in front of his semi. Police say the vehicle swerved to left, went off the roadway, hit the concrete barrier wall, then lost control and rolled onto its left side. The driver was able to get out of the semi as it caught fire and became fully engulfed. Debris that was on fire was strewn across all lanes east bound and the grassy median also caught fire. Westville Fire responded and was able to extinguish the fires. Troopers say the driver was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. Traffic east bound was diverted off at the 39 mile marker (Michigan City/US 421) for approximately two hours.