MARION, Ind. (WISH) - A fatal crash closed northbound Interstate 69 in Grant County on Wednesday night.
Indiana State Police said both people in the car, Auburn residents John Smith, 72, and his wife, Barbara, 69, were killed in the crash.
The crash involving a semi truck and a car happened at around 7 p.m. Wednesday north of Marion, near the 70 mile marker, between the Ind. 18 and Ind. 218 exits.
The interstate had been partially reopened by about 9:30 p.m., and was completely reopened by 10:30 p.m.
ISP said John Smith was driving a Lincoln sedan south on I-69 when he lost control of the car, spun through the median and into the northbound lanes. The car was struck in the rear by a northbound Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, driven by David Johnson, 42, Chicago.
The Smiths were thrown from the car by the impact, and both died at the scene, ISP said, noting that both were wearing seatbelts, but the force of the impact was too great and caused their seats to break.
Johnson, who was driving for RT and P Enterprises based in East Dubuque, Ill., was not hurt, ISP said.
The investigation into the crash was ongoing late Wednesday night.
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