Interstate 69 re-opened after overturned semi blocks SB lanes for hours

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An overturned semi stopped southbound traffic on Interstate 69 on the city’s north side for several hours on Wednesday.

Indiana State Police say the initial call about the crash came in shortly  before 2:30 p.m. Officers responded to the southbound lanes of I-69 at mile marker 201.2.I-69 from chopper

When they arrived they found the semi blocking all southbound lanes. Chopper 8 flew over the scene.

Preliminary information is that the semi’s driver was heading southbound in the right lane and saw traffic in that lane was slowed or stopped. He made an abrupt maneuver, which caused the semi to overturn.

INDOT workers and police redirected traffic that was stuck north of the crash by turning it around and sending it northbound in the southbound lane to the 96th Street exit.

Police say the semi was carrying flammable solids, oxidizers and accelerants, but none of it leaked out.

More than four hours after the crash, the semi was removed from the roadway. Southbound lanes were re-opened to traffic at 6:42 p.m.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver of the semi was taken to a local hospital with complaints of pain.

 

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