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Semis crash with steel beams, hydrochloric acid

A semi carrying steel beams on Interstate 69 was struck from behind early Thursday, totaling another semi carrying hydrochloric acid.

David E. Depoister, 47, of Chesterton, was following too closely when then crash happened shortly after 1 a.m., according to a statement issued by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. It said he was transported to a local hospital for treatment and that the trailer with hydrochloric acid had to be offloaded before the tanker and cab could be towed.

That semi rear-ended the steel hauler, which lost its load, went down an embankment and into the woods. Its driver, Jeremy W. Benner, 30, of Stanton, Mich., was not injured, but the trailer and its load were damaged, the sheriff's department said.

The sheriff's department was assisted by DeKalb County Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, DeKalb EMS, the Waterloo Fire Department, the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Division and Parker's Towing.

The crash happened near the 337-mile marker, the sheriff's department said, which is between the U.S. 6 and U.S. 4 exits.