Dropped cigarette blamed for semi crash

Photo courtesy Indiana State PoliceA semi truck was badly damaged when it swerved off of I-80/94 near Hammond on Tuesday and struck another semi that was broken down on the side of the road. The driver told state police he was distracted by a dropped cigarette, which led to the crash.

HAMMOND – A crash between two semi trucks that blocked two lanes of eastbound I-80/94 in Lake County for several hours Tuesday is being blamed on a dropped cigarette.

Indiana State Police were notified about 11 a.m. of a crash between two semis near Mile Marker 5 in Hammond. A red 2006 Volvo tractor/trailer owned by Allynevych Inc. of Bensonville, Illinois, and loaded with metal racks, was eastbound in the far right lane.

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