Driver's sneezing fit caused semi rollover

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HAMMOND, Ind. (WTHR) - A fit of sneezing and coughing caused a semi truck driver to lose control and roll over on I-80/94 Thursday in Lake County.

State Police said the driver, Steven Baker Junior, 47, of East Prairie, Missouri, was taken to a Gary hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Baker was exiting the highway around 11:00 a.m. onto Indianapolis Boulevard when he lost control.

Baker told police he was distracted by a spell of sneezes and coughs, and when he opened his eyes, he saw a passenger car next to him and swerved to avoid it. Baker's Freightliner loaded with aluminum left the roadway and overturned on the driver’s side in the right lane of Indianapolis Boulevard.

Good Samaritans pulled Baker out of the cab and the aluminum off-loaded before the road re-opened around 5 p.m.