INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A semi crashed into a west side overpass, causing significant damage that will leave all lanes of northbound I-465 in the area shut down for weeks.
Indianapolis police said a semi heading north on I-465 hit the eastbound Rockville Road bridge around 8:15 a.m. A car crusher on the semi trailer malfunctioned, causing it to become too tall and collide with the bridge, police said.
An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department official initially said the bridge will be closed for “several weeks.” On Tuesday afternoon, INDOT said northbound I-465 would be closed for a matter of days. Southbound I-465 is open. Just before 6 p.m., INDOT opened up one lane in each directions on Rockville Road.
The crash damaged four of about 14 load-bearing girders, according to INDOT. Crews will be working to remove those girders over the next few days. Steel-reinforced beams will also have to be removed and replaced.
The northbound I-465 closure is between 10th Street and I-70. Traffic must exit either eastbound or westbound at I-70.
INDOT expects congestion along other routes.
Sections of the overpass fell through the windshield of 28-year-old Christine Haraburda. who was taken to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital with minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
In all, six vehicles were damaged in the crash or by falling debris, according to police.
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