PORTER — Police responded Tuesday afternoon to a crash on Interstate 94 eastbound near Indiana 49 when a semitrailer rolled over and spilled its contents on the roadway.
Indiana State Police say Thomas E. Poling, 47, of Fairborn, Ohio, was on the ramp and going too fast when he braked for a slower moving vehicle. About 45,000 pounds of metal shavings in 10 containers were not secured inside the trailer, investigators said, and the shifting load caused the semi and its trailer to roll over onto the passenger side.
The truck was owned by Piqua Transfer and Storage out of Piqua, Ohio. The load was going from Spencer, Iowa, to Bedford Ohio.
Poling was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chesterton with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and toxicology results are pending.
Poling was cited for driving too fast to avoid a collision, securement violation, equipment violations, no seat belt and open container violation, and other charges may be pending.