WHITE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Interstate 65 southbound is back open Wednesday after it was closed for more than seven hours earlier in the day. It all happened in White County where a tractor-trailer was split in half after multiple semis piled up.
“We saw some things happening and got up a little closer, then two of the trucks collided and one went right through the back end of a trailer,” driver Jeff Nelson of Chicago said about the crash. “You can see that up there now. The trailer is in half.”
Nelson was the first on the scene when five semis crashed, just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, bringing traffic to a stand still.
“It was pretty wild actually and we were sliding as we were coming up, so we were more concerned with the cars behind us,” Nelson said.
One of the semi trailers involved in the crash was split in half when it was T-boned by another semi sending hundreds of bottles of juice across the interstate.
“We got a coil laying out there, a steel coil laying in the highway,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said about other debris covering the road. “We’re trying to get it cleaned up.”
With a semi split in half, and others stuck in the snow police shut down both southbound lanes of I-65. Traffic stretched for nearly seven miles as crews worked to clean the scene. Riley said speed and slick roads are to blame.
“We’re out there trying to get people to slow down, but I’ve been clocking trucks going northbound at 70 mph out here, and as slick as it is they’re the ones that are ending up in the ditch,” Riley said.
Nelson said it’s been a wild ride, but was glad to hear no one was injured in the crash.
“Surprised no one got hurt, luckily for those guys for sure,” Nelson said.