FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) - All lanes of traffic on Interstate 65 are open after a fatal accident closed both directions Monday night.
Indiana State Police say the incident occurred after 10:30 p.m. near the 85 mile marker. This area is just south of the Franklin exit.
Officials say a motorist was traveling on the wrong side of the interstate and crashed head-on into a semi truck. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Astro van, then slid into the median and burst into flames. The driver of the car, Lee Wayne Oliphant, 67, of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mark Thornberry, 59, of Indianapolis, who was the driver of the semi, was taken to St. Francis Hospital for minor injuries.
The highway in both directions was closed while the crash was investigated. Haz-Mat teams were called to clean up spilled oil. The northbound lanes were opened at 4 a.m. and the southbound lanes were opened at 6 a.m.
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