Coil falls off truck on I-65/I-80 ramp, causes crashes

April 14, 2011 10:36:57 AM PDT
Indiana State Police say an improperly secured steel coil fell off a semi trailer Thursday morning, causing two other semis to hit it.

The accident took place around 9:15 a.m. on the ramp from I-65 northbound to I-80 westbound. Police say a 2003 International semi-flat bed hauling five steel coils lost one as it entered into the first curve on the ramp. Another semi that was directly behind it was able to avoid the coil by swerving to the right lane. A 2004 Freightliner-box trailer wasn't so lucky and hit the coil with its driver's front steering tires. A 2005 Peterbilt-box trailer that was behind the Freightliner also tried to swerve out of the way, but its passenger side trailer tires also hit the coil, police said.

The driver of the truck hauling the coils, Farold Bryant, 42, of Newbern, Ala., was cited for improperly securing the coils, police said. He was hauling a total of five steel coils that were all improperly secured, police said. The semi was owned by CRST Van Expedited out of Granite City, Ill. Bryant was not injured nor was there damage to his semi.

The drivers of the two semis that hit the coils were uninjured. One semi had to be towed, but neither truck lost any cargo in the accident.

Two lanes of the ramp were closed for cleanup for almost two hours.