Fiery I-65 semi crash in Tippecanoe Co. caused by sleepy driver

(Provided Photo: WLFI)

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.

(Provided Photo: WLFI)
(Provided Photo/WLFI)

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.

(Provided Photo: WLFI/Jamie Long)
(Provided Photo/ WLFI/Jamie Long)

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.


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