Semi driver says bug caused I-65 crash in northwest Indiana

A semi driver said he crashed because he was trying to swat a bug that flew in his window. (Photos: Indiana State Police)

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A crash that closed Interstate 65 in northwest Indiana for several hours Thursday is being blamed on a bug.

State police say 28-year-old Christopher Walker of Thomson, Georgia was driving south on the interstate near Lowell when his semi went off the roadway and struck the right guardrail. Walker told investigators a bug had flown into his open window and as he tried to swat at it, his eyes left the road, leading to the crash.

The semi's trailer became detached upon impact, rolling on to its side off the side of the road. The trailer's contents, 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls, were thrown onto the roadway and over the embankment. The tractor stopped in the middle of the southbound lanes.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The interstate was closed for about five hours as police investigated and crews cleared the crash scene.

Walker was not injured and was cited for unsafe lane movement, police said.

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