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Truck Driver Distracted by Bug Flips Semi

A crash that closed part of I-65 in northern Indiana on July 12th was caused by a semitruck driver who became distracted by a bug, police say.

Distracted truck driver flips semi lake county.pngAt approximately 9:30 a.m., a 2009 Freightliner was southbound on I-65 in Lake County near the Lowell exit when a bug flew through the driver's downed window, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

While attempting to swat the bug, the truck exited the roadway, colliding with the guardrail on the truck's passenger side before hitting the concrete construction barrier wall, causing the trailer to break away from the truck.

The trailer went off the road and rolled over, splitting open in the process and dumping 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls onto the road and the nearby embankment.

State Police did not specify what kind of bug was involved in the incident.

The driver refused medical treatment at the scene and was cited for unsafe lane movement, according to State Police.

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