RUSHVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) — A truck inspection conducted Thursday morning by the Indiana State Police's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division led to the discovery of a semi that was very overweight.
The semi that was pulling double trailers was overweight by 96,300 pounds.
State Police say the CVED Trooper was driving through Rushville just before 11 a.m. Thursday when the trooper noticed a southbound semi pulling double trailers known as a “Michigan Train” southbound on Main Street at Park Boulevard.
State Troopers say they got the truck stopped to do an inspection and discovered the driver, 36-year-old Gene Maag of Waterloo, was driving a truck with no registration plate and no federally required company markings or federal tax numbers on the side of the vehicle.
The maximum allowable weight for a commercial motor vehicle in Indiana, without a special permit, is 80,000 pounds.
During the vehicle inspection, ISP weighed the truck and its steel coil cargo, discovering a combined weight of 176,300 pounds, or 96,300 pounds over the maximum weight, without a special permit.
The fines for the overweight violation alone are just under $14,000.
The truck, a 2000 Peterbilt, which belongs to Tri-State Trucking, out of Waterloo, was impounded and Maag was cited for the overweight violation and no truck registration.
Police say Maag was also issued a warning for having no federally required markings or numbers on the sides of the truck.
The steel coils left from Butler and were heading south to Madison.
Troopers say the coils were impounded with the truck until they can be properly unloaded and legally loaded onto other trucks.