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Trucker hit with massive fine for hauling a load more than 95K pounds overweight in Indiana

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 12:04:41-05

RUSHVILLE — A semi driver was hit with a massive fine and his truck was impounded after his load was found to be more than 95,000 pounds over the legal limit.

Indiana State Police trooper pulled over the semi pulling double trailers known as "Michigan Train" on Main Street at Park Boulevard in Rushville around 11 a.m. Thursday. The truck, which belongs to Tri-State Trucking out of Waterloo, was hauling steel coils between Butler and Madison in Indiana.

"From his training and experience Thumb knew that the trailer set up is often used to haul overweight loads, with special overweight permits, across northern Indiana," the press release issued from Indiana State Police said.

During an INDOT inspection of the truck, the trooper discovered that the 36-year-old driver had no registration plate and no federally required markings or tax numbers on the side of his vehicle. The trooper also weighed the truck and its cargo and found the combined weight to be 176,300 pounds — 96,300 pounds over the legal limit of 80,000 pounds, unless a special limit is acquired.

The fines for the overweight violation come to just under $14,000 and the trooper also impounded the truck and cited the driver.