TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – According to Indiana State Police, Sunday afternoon’s backup on Interstate 65 was due to a semi that failed to yield to a state highway truck. The wreck sent one driver to the hospital.
Troopers said the crash occurred in Tippecanoe County at approximately 1:31 p.m Sunday on I-65 southbound near mile-marker 179, which is one mile north of the State Road 43 exit.
ISP Trooper David Millburg said Ivica Aleksic, 39, from Schererville, Ind. was driving a Freightliner pulling a trailer full of box fans. Millburg said Aleksic was driving in the left lane and for unknown reason pulled back into the right lane and struck an Indiana Department of Transportation vehicle. The yellow INDOT dump truck was driven by Daryle E. Loveless, 58, from Lafayette, Ind.
According to Millburg’s report, the INDOT vehicle was pulling an attenuator, a devise used to reduce impact from a rear collision to a state highway truck. He said there were several signs in place advising motorists of right lane blockage and road repair occurring ahead. Millburg said the arrow board on the attenuator was also in operational mode.
He said the semi struck the attenuator and destroyed it. Millburg said the crash caused damage to the highway truck and injured the driver. Loveless was transported to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries.
Millburg said upon impact the Freightliner went into the median, where it got tangled in the cable barriers. It took crews approximately one hour to clear the scene.
Aleksic was issued a citation for failure to move over for emergency vehicles. ISP reports both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.