Semi fails to stop on 20 at Fail, rear-ends another semi

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One driver was injured when a semi plowed into the rear end of another on U.S. 20 at Fail Road Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at about 5:20 a.m. Two passenger cars were also affected in the crash.

According to a LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office press release: “The crash investigation revealed three vehicles were stopped in the westbound lanes of U.S. 20 waiting for the traffic control device to cycle at the intersection.  The remaining vehicle, a 2019 yellow Peterbilt tractor driven by Melvin Smith Jr., 33, of Oak Park, IL, was traveling west on US 20. Smith advised deputies that he observed the vehicles stopped but was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. The passenger side of Smith’s tractor struck the trailer being pulled by the other commercial motor vehicle. The two passenger vehicles sustained damage due to the initial impact of the two commercial motor vehicles.”

Smith was transported to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Besides county officers, other emergency responders were Indiana State Police, LaPorte County EMS, LaPorte County HAZMAT and Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department.

3 Responses to “Semi fails to stop on 20 at Fail, rear-ends another semi”

  1. Breaker Breaker

    May 14. 2019

    “Smith advised deputies that he observed the vehicles stopped but was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.”

    Observed the vehicles stopped???? Geez, at what point?
    He had to be traveling pretty fast still to do that kind of damage. Hopefully his skid marks, if any, will tell the real story.
    So glad that other semi was able to take the impact instead of one of the other cars. This could have been fatal.

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  2. Ray

    May 14. 2019

    And it’s just gonna get worse at that intersection and especially at Jennie Rae’s parking area once that waste of time and money on 2 and 20 is completed.

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  3. Joe Schmoe

    May 16. 2019

    When are they going to step up patrols on this road? A stop light every five miles is just not enough. There should be a stop light at Family Express in Rolling. Putting in the “Dog Bone” is just asking for more people to ignore the speed limit. I travel this road daily and it never seems to be fast enough whether you’re doing 70 or 75 mph. It is no wonder there are so many accidents, the road deserves the name bloody 20! More patrols needed, especially for distracted drivers.

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