State police: I-65 crash caused by object from overpass

Traffic was down to one lane on northbound I-65 Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (WLFI Photo)
Traffic was down to one lane on northbound I-65 Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A northbound lane of Interstate 65 is back open after Indiana State Police believe an object fell or was thrown from an overpass and caused a semi crash.

Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a semi driver was injured when the object crashed through his windshield at the McCarty Lane overpass on I-65, police said. He then collided with another semi at the Veterans Memorial Parkway overpass when he pulled over to check his injuries.

Police said the first driver suffered minor injuries from the initial damage to his windshield.

Authorities are actively looking for two people who may have thrown the object. They said throwing something off the interstate is considered overpass mischief and those people could face charges.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management was called to the scene because one of the semis started leaking fuel.

The right lane of northbound I-65 was closed while authorities worked to clear the crash. Police were advising drivers to seek alternate routes.

If you have any information about who or what may have caused the crash, please call the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post at 765-567-2125.