Northern Indiana's South Shore commuter rail line suspended service for most of Saturday after a truck lost a load of steel onto tracks adjacent to the Gary SouthShore RailCats Ballpark.
Indiana State Police say a semi tractor-trailer jack-knifed on Interstate 90 around 5 a.m. Saturday, sending its load of steel rollers off the elevated highway. The four rollers, each weighing 12,000 lbs., dropped about 50 feet onto the South Shore tracks below. The plummet snapped electrical lines and support beams, in addition to damaging the tracks.
Troopers called Waffco Heavy Duty Towing of Lake Station to assist in the cleanup process. Operations manager Kevin Farthing tells NewsCenter 16, the force of impact was so great, the rollers splattered rocks and debris all the way onto E. 4th Ave.
Farthing says the custom made rollers, valued at $150,000 each, were being transported to a local steel mill where they would have flattened roll coils.
No South Shore trains were involved in the accident and no one was injured. Police say roads were icy and it was snowing at the time of the crash.
It's unclear if state troopers cited the truck driver, from Portage-based Chrome Deposit Corp., with any traffic infractions.
South Shore trains resumed service Saturday evening after repairs were made to the line that runs from the South Bend Regional Airport to downtown Chicago.
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