3 semitrailers crash, close multiple lanes of I-65

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)
(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three semitrailers crashed on Interstate 65 in Jasper County early Thursday morning resulting in lane closures in both directions.

According to Indiana State Police, a semi hauling 50,000 pounds of auto parts driven by Mulugeta Woldeyes of Atlanta, Georgia, crashed shortly after 5 a.m. in a southbound lane near the Remington Exit.

Woldeyes did not abide by posted signage notifying drivers of construction zones, ISP said. He crashed into a concrete barrier wall after he did not veer with the roadway.

The semi Woldeyes was driving jackknifed and pushed the concrete barrier onto the left northbound lane of the interstate.

A semi traveling behind Woldeyes hit debris and also jackknifed before stopping in the right lane.

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)
(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

A third semi traveling north hit the concrete barrier that was pushed into the northbound lane after the initial crash. That semi came to rest in the right lane and the northbound entrance ramp to I-65 from Remington.

No drivers were injured. Woldeyes was cited for disregarding a traffic control device.

State police said the southbound lanes of I-65 will be closed for an extended period of time for cleanup. The right lane of northbound traffic is now open, and the left lane is expected to open soon.

Police ask drivers heading south on I-65 to seek alternate routes. Traffic is being diverted at the 205 mile-marker.