TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana State Police said a semi fire in Tippecanoe County was caused after the driver fell asleep briefly at the wheel.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley, a driver of a semi hauling a trailer full of water bottles fell asleep at the wheel.
Riley said when the driver, Tim Wright, 50, woke up, he realized he was veering into a bridge and overcorrected. This caused his trailer to go into both lanes, and caused a diesel fuel tanker that was behind the semi to crash into the water bottle truck.
The bottle truck caught fire, Riley said. Luckily, neither driver suffered any injuries.
The crash investigation is ongoing.
Police are asking drivers to avoid I-65 around the State Road 38 Exit until further notice. One northbound lane has reopened, but most traffic is still being diverted off I-65 at the State Road 28 Exit, or mile marker 158, and being rerouted onto U.S. 52.