Semi sideswipes 2nd semi, catches fire

Indiana State Police have closed Interstate 65 after two semi trailers collided and one caught fire. (WLFI Photo/Keith Hatten)
Indiana State Police have closed Interstate 65 after two semi trailers collided and one caught fire. (WLFI Photo/Keith Hatten)
The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 are closed after two semis, according to  Indiana State Police. (WLFI Photo/Keith Hatten)
The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 are closed after two semis, according to Indiana State Police. (WLFI Photo/Keith Hatten)

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Interstate 65 was closed near the Frankfort exit earlier Monday afternoon due to a crash involving two semi trailers, according to officials with the Indiana State Police.

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 65 have reopened, but traffic is slow going. The crash happened near mile-marker 167, which is one mile south of the State Road 38 exit, on Monday at 2:40 p.m.

Indiana State Police Trooper Aaron Allen said one semi, which was carrying two vehicles, sideswiped another semi that was parked on the shoulder. After the hit, the semi drifted into the other side of the interstate and crashed into the median. The semi flipped on its side and a small fire broke out.

Trooper Allen, who was first on scene, said the semi driver’s seat belt had gotten stuck, but he was able to extricate the driver. Both Allen and the driver were able to put out the fire.

The semi driver was not injured. The semi on the shoulder was abandoned at the time of the crash.

Interstate 65 was fully cleared and reopened around 4:20 p.m, but traffic is moving slowly.

News 18 will continue to follow this story and will have updates as soon as information becomes available.

 

 

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