Crash spills cocoa powder, batteries on freeway in Indiana
BURNS HARBOR, Ind. -- A crash involving two semitrailers scattered cargo and closed a stretch of freeway in northwestern Indiana.
No one was injured in the crash about 3:40 a.m. Friday along eastbound Interstate 94 in Burns Harbor. All eastbound lanes reopened by noon.
Indiana State Police say a truck driven by 70-year-old Radmilo Samardzio of Ballwin, Missouri, pulled over with its hazard lights on so he could get a bottle of water when it was struck by one driven by 57-year-old Steven S. Dare of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Police say a preliminary investigation found Dare reached for something, causing the truck to drift.
Samardzio was hauling food products including cocoa powder, while Dare was hauling merchandise including roughly 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of lithium batteries. Police say some batteries leaked, briefly causing small fires.