Man critically injured after I-65 crash in Boone Co.

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Police believe alcohol and speed may have been responsible for a crash on I-65 just south of Lebanon early Friday morning.

Police said Carl O. Brown, Jr., 65, of Boone County, was driving northbound on I-65 when his car left the east side of the interstate for an unknown reason. Brown’s car hit the the guardrail just south of the 136 mile marker.

The car then bounced back into the roadway and into the path of a semi that T-boned the car.  Police said Brown’s car engine and both wheels separated from the vehicle and the engine caught on fire.

Brown was found unconscious in the backseat of the car. He was extricated by crews and taken to IU Methodist Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Police said Whitish was not injured in the crash.

Motorists were diverted onto Indianapolis Road while the investigation was completed and crash scene cleaned up. All northbound lanes of I-65  reopened shortly before 5 a.m.

Police said chemical test results are pending for both drivers involved in the crash. 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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