Semi bursts into flames after crash

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

All lanes are back open on I-94 after a crash involving a semi closed it for hours. The crash happened around 4:50 Wednesday morning after police say a 2005 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer swerved to the right and hit a concrete barrier wall just east of the Burns Harbor/Porter exit.

The semi, owned by United Parcel Service (UPS) and driven by Mijalce Karanakov, 55 of Crown Point was west bound on I-94 at the 23 mile marker in the right lane when for unknown reasons he swerved to the right as the lanes shifted to the left.

Police say this happened in an area that was a well-marked construction zone with lanes that jog in different locations.

After swerving to the right, Karanakov eventually hit an impact attenuator located on the outer shoulder, then scraped against the outer shoulder barrier wall, slide across two lanes of west bound traffic and hit the concrete barrier wall on the inside shoulder.

The impact caused his Volvo semi and box trailer to burst into flames.

Karanakov was able to get out of the semi on his own and was not injured. He was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement

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