Man Walks Away After Semi Crushes His Vehicle On I-80

CHESTERTON, Ind. (CBS) — A Chesterton man was able to walk away from a frightening accident on Interstate 80 on Thursday morning, after his vehicle was crushed by a semi-trailer.

The semi, which was pulling a trailer loaded with steel coils, was in the far right lane of westbound I-80, when it suddenly veered into the far left lane, crushing a Chrysler minivan driven by Billy Ralph, 32, of Chesterton.

After impact, both vehicles came to rest against the median barrier wall, with the van underneath the trailer, police said.

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The driver of a Chrysler minivan managed to escape serious injury after his vehicle was crushed by a semi-trailer. (Credit: Indiana State Police)

Somehow, Ralph was able to walk away from the accident, which happened near mile marker 15.5. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of head lacerations.

The driver of the semi-trailer, Chad Call, 30 of South Bend, said he lost control because of a burst of wind.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

chesterton crash photo Man Walks Away After Semi Crushes His Vehicle On I 80

The driver of a Chrysler minivan managed to escape serious injury after his vehicle was crushed by a semi-trailer. (Credit: Indiana State Police)

Neither the use of alcohol nor drugs is suspected as being a contributing factor in this crash.

Call, who was not injured, was issued a citation for unsafe lane movement.

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