Hazmat semi rolls over, closes toll road temporarily

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (Dec. 19, 2013)– A semi loaded with 30,650 pounds of sodium hydroxide solution rolled over on east bound toll road closing all lanes for almost two hours.

Preliminary investigation show a Peterbilt semi was pulling a tanker trailer, driven by Eugene W. Hejhal, 55 of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin on Thursday. He was on the entrance ramp from I-80/94 when he took the ramp too fast to negotiate the curve portion of the ramp onto east bound I-90 (Toll Road).

Hejhal lost control of his semi as it began to slide off the roadway, jack-knifed and rolled onto its driver’s side across all lanes blocking all lanes east bound on the Toll Road.

The semi, owned by Heniff Transportation Systems out of Alsip, Illinois was loaded with Sodium Hydroxide Solution which is used as an additive for cleaning detergent. No load was loss. Hejhal was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. The semi/tanker was totaled.

One lane was reopened at approximately 11:50 a.m. and all lanes were reopened at 1:53 p.m.

Hejhal was cited for Speed Too Fast for Conditions.


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