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UPDATE: Fire on I-65, Three Injured

Gary, Lake County-An early morning crash involving three semis this New Year’s Eve
morning closed all lanes of I-65 northbound just before Ridge Road when one of the
semis caught fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed by Trooper Zachary Beaver that at approximately
3:28 a.m., this Tuesday, December 31, 2013, morning a 2010 Peterbilt semi pulling a
empty box trailer, owned by Werner Trucking out of Omaha, Nebraska, and driven by
William Stephenson, 64 of Greenfield, Indiana was stopped in the right lane because
of a crash up ahead that had occurred just after Ridge Road on I-65 north bound.

A 2014 Freightliner, owned by CRST Expedited out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pulling
a box trailer loaded with 26,000 pounds of clothing headed to Nordstrom’s, driven by
Jeansly Olcima, 24 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was also in the right lane and was
slowing down/stopping for the crash up ahead when it was hit in the rear by a third
semi and pushed into Stephenson’s trailer.

A 2013 Freightliner owned by C.R. England pulling a box trailer loaded with produce,
driven by Regina Tardif, 38 of Jay, Maine was in the right lane and failed to see
the traffic slowing/stopping up head.   Tardif was unable to stop and hit the rear
of Olcima’s trailer pushing it into the rear of Stephenson’s trailer.

 Tardif had to be extricated out of her semi.  She and her co-driver, Glenn Engler,
42 of Weston, Michigan (who was in the sleeper of the tractor) were taken to Saint
Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries.  Olcima and his
co-driver, Pierre Calvaire, 44 of Miami, Florida (also in his sleeper) were also
taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 
Stephenson was not injured.

After Tardif was extricated the 2013 Freightliner caught fire igniting the clothing
contents of Olcima’s trailer.

Gary, Hobart and Lake Station Fire Departments responded to the scene to extinguish
the fire.

All lanes north bound were closed at this location and traffic was diverted off at
US 30 and 61st Avenue until 7:30 a.m. when the two left lanes were open.  All lanes
were reopened at approximately 10:15 a.m.

While Tardif’s tractor was being towed away it caught fire again on I-65 south bound
just south of US 30 and Merrillville Fire Department responded and extinguished the
fire.  The two right lanes were closed just south of US 30 for approximately 20
minutes for the fire to be put out.