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Eastbound traffic on Interstate 64 at the 82.5-mile marker was affected for about 11 hours Friday after a semi-tractor trailer driven by Roger L. Smith, 55, of Evansville, overturned that morning. Smith, who had to be extracted from the cab, was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon to be treated for internal injuries. The Indiana State Police said Smith was driving too fast for the icy conditions and issued a citation. Photos by Chris Adams

Icy roads result in headaches


January 30, 2013
A semi-tractor trailer overturned shortly after 8 a.m. Friday after hitting a slick spot on Interstate 64 eastbound at the 82.5-mile marker.

Roger L. Smith, 55, of Evansville, had to be extracted from the white, 2007 Kenworth semi he was driving. He was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon for treatment of internal injuries, according to the Indiana State Police.

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Workers from Small Brothers Towing prepare to upright the trailer.
"His trailer went one way, and he went the other way. He hit the guardrail, and there's where he ended up," a driver from La Grange, Ky., who was behind Smith said, pointing to the overturned truck.

The La Grange driver, who declined to give his name, said he and others covered Smith with a blanket until emergency personnel arrived.

He said traffic was going slower than usual, but there was still plenty of spray from passing motorists, indicating the roadway was wet, not frozen.

"They were bad, but I didn't think it was that bad," he said.

However, police said Smith was driving too fast for the icy conditions and issued a citation.

After rolling onto its side, Smith's semi came to rest, blocking the eastbound lanes. Traffic in the area was affected for approximately 11 hours as the scene was investigated and cleaned up. The ISP issued a notice just after 7 p.m. that both lanes of I-64 east had been reopened.

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Due to the icy road conditions and the lanes being blocked by the wrecked semi-tractor trailer, several other crashes and slide-offs occurred in the area as motorists attempted to slow down for the wreck, according to the Indiana State Police. Both lanes of Interstate 64 east were reopened around 7 p.m. Friday.
Due to the icy road conditions and the lanes being blocked, several other crashes and slide-offs occurred in the area as motorists attempted to slow down for the wreck, according to police.

Smith's semi tractor trailer, owned by Belmont Freight Corp. of Evansville, was loaded with rolls of paper, and crews worked for approximately 10-1/2 hours transferring the contents to another semi.

Assisting were the English Volunteer Fire Department, Crawford County Emergency Management Agency and Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

Numerous incidents were reported throughout the area Friday morning as freezing rain greeted morning commuters.

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