Semi driver killed in I-74 crash in Fountain County

(WLFI Photo)

FOUNTAIN COUNTY, Ind. (AP/WISH) — State police said a semi-truck hit a bridge support just north of Hillsboro, about 15 miles west of Crawfordsville, closing Interstate 74 in both directions in western Indiana for hours on Friday.

Police said the crash killed the semi driver, Dale C. Johnstone Jr., 42, of Canton, Ohio.

Indiana State Police said Johnstone was driving eastbound on on I-74 near the 21.5 mile marker when he left the roadway for an unknown reason. Johnstone hit the bridge support to SR 341.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) bridge inspectors were called to the scene and have deemed the bridge safe for travel.

The semi was carrying cat food, which spilled across the east and westbound lanes Friday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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