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. 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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