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Smart Reaction Saved Driver from Lumber on I-65 Ramp

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October 24, 2013 — Indiana State Police say a car driver laid over onto the passenger seat in a move that might have saved her life in a traffic mishap yesterday.

ISP says the Lake County incident involved a semi-flat bed loaded with lumber that took the I-65 northbound-to-I-80/94 westbound ramp too fast, spilling a load of lumber on top of a passenger car traveling in the lane next to it.

ISP says the car driver went to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

State police say a preliminary investigation by Trooper Josh Roa shows that around 3 p.m. yesterday 61-year-old James Reynolds of Salem, Indiana was driving a 2004 International semi pulling a flat bed trailer loaded with lumber on the I-65 northbound to I-80/94 west boundramp in the middle lane when he took the curve too fast, causing his load of lumber to shift and his semi-flat bed to start to roll-over.

ISP says 31-year-old Katrina Reillo of East Chicago was driving a 2009 Nissan in the right lane next to Reynolds’s semi when she realized the semi was losing its load and beginning to roll-over.  State Police say Reillo, while wearing a seat belt, was able to lie across her Nissan’s console toward the passenger side when part of the load of lumber landed atop the driver’s side of the vehicle, crushing it.

ISP says Reillo was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries.

It says Reynolds, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated and released at the scene for complaint of pain, and he was cited for Speed Too Fast to Avoid a Collision and an Unsecure Load, on the semi owned by Stonebelt Freight Lines of Bloomington, Indiana.

 

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