3-semi crash shuts down I-65 near Uniontown for hours

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Police say I-65 northbound was shut down near Uniontown Tuesday afternoon due to a crash involving three semis.

It happened around 2:20 p.m. at the 43.5 mile marker. That’s near the Uniontown exit, exit 41, in Jackson County.

Police say northbound traffic on I-65 was backed up and slowing due to a lane restriction near the 45 mile marker. A 2014 Freightliner semi tractor trailer hit the rear of a 2012 Freightliner semi tractor trailer forcing that into a UPS semi truck.

After the crash, a fire broke out but was extinguished by emergency crews. The driver of the 2014 semi was trapped in his truck for a short period of time but was quickly freed. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. He later told police he didn’t notice traffic was slowing in front of him until it was too late. Police say he will be cited for following too closely.

The driver of the 2012 semi was treated for neck and back pain at an area hospital. The driver of the UPS truck was not hurt.

State police said the lanes re-opened shortly after 7 p.m.

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