Triple-semi crash causes fire, closure of I-90 in Lake County
Last Updated: 52 days ago
LAKE COUNTY, Ind. - A triple-semi crash resulted in one vehicle on fire and serious injuries for one driver -- plus the total shutdown of westbound Interstate 90 traffic in Lake County, Indiana State Police said.
ISP said at roughly 11 a.m. Tuesday, a semi pulling a tanker (driven by Dave Donervse, 32, of Paw Paw, Mich.) was headed west in the right lane of I-90 just east of the Interstate 80/94/Ripley exit. Donervse was reportedly following another semi pulling double trailers (driven by James Filbert, 61, of Boardman, Ohio) when traffic ahead slowed down.
Investigators said Donervse was unable to slow his semi down in time and hit the rear trailer of the second. This resulted in both trailers of Filbert’s semi to crash into each other and caused Donervse to lose control.
ISP said the first semi veered off to the left, where it passed another semi, pulling a box trailer, that was in the right lane. This semi was driven by Edward Bohnke, 52, of New Haven, Ind.
The first semi reportedly had debris flying away, which hit and damaged the third trailer. ISP said the first semi then hit the guard rail and concrete median barrier, which caused the semi’s cab to catch on fire. Two good Samaritans were able to pull Donervse from his cab, troopers said.
ISP said Donervse was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart, Ind., with serious injuries, while Filbert was treated and released at the scene with a minor injury. The third semi’s driver was not injured.
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