Police: Sleepy semi driver cause of I-65 rollover crash

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A sleepy semi driver is the cause of a two-hour traffic backup on Interstate 65 Thursday morning, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Just after 6 a.m., a semi headed north on I-65 drove off the right side of the highway and crashed into a guard rail. Sgt. David Henson said the semi drove over the guard rail, then came back onto the road and stopped in the middle of the interstate blocking both lanes of traffic.

The driver, from of Albany, Ga., was driving a semitrailer owned by CRST out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Henson said the driver allegedly fell asleep when he drove the semi off the roadway.

A co-driver was also in the semi, but was asleep in the back at the time of the crash. Both individuals were wearing safety belts and no injures were reported.

Due to the semi blocking lanes and the trailer’s load being scattered across the interstate, I-65 was closed for roughly two hours while crews cleaned up.

The semi sustained heavy damage and the trailer is a total loss. Henson said no citations have been issued at this time.

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