ISP: Drunken driver caused 5-vehicle crash on I-65

(Provided Photo/Boone County Jail)

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — All lanes of Interstate 65 were closed Monday after a crash in Boone County, Indiana State Police officials confirm. Traffic has since been able to get through.

According to a news release, semi driver was operating while intoxicated, causing a five-vehicle crash just before 5:30 p.m.

ISP responded to the crash on I-65 southbound near the 135 mile marker, which is north of State Road 267.

Witnesses told police they saw a 2008 Mercury car with its emergency flashers on in the shoulder of I-65 southbound. A female driver, male passenger and infant were in the car.

The driver of the semi, 42-year-old Jerry Ramey, sideswiped the Mercury, ISP said. Ramey then swerved into the left lane, hitting a guard rail. The wreckage from the guard rail struck three vehicles traveling in the northbound lanes of I-65.

Parts from the trailer came to rest in the northbound lanes.

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

The occupants of the Mercury were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

No injuries were reported from the three cars struck from the guard rail wreckage.

ISP found that Ramey was operating the semi with a BAC of .18 percent. Ramey wasn’t injured and was transported to the Boone County Jail.

All lanes were back open as of 11 p.m.

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