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Crothersville police officer seriously injured in Jackson County crash involving semi

CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A Crothersville police officer was seriously injured in a crash with a semi Friday morning on Interstate 65.

According to Indiana State Police, a crash between a Crothersville Police Department patrol vehicle and a semi occurred in the northbound lanes near mile marker 44 just before 6 a.m. That’s between Crothersville and Seymour in Jackson County.

According to ISP, CPD officer Michael Weiler, 45, and another officer who was in a separate patrol car were blocking northbound lanes of I-65 to provide traffic control for a highway maintenance crew.

Harvest Beacham, 37, of Indianapolis, failed to slow the semi he was driving and struck the back of Weiler’s car. Weiler’s car was pushed off the road and it overturned, resting on its top.

Weiler became trapped inside his vehicle. Emergency responders were able to remove him and he was transported to an Indianapolis hospital in serious condition.

Beacham was uninjured.

Police say Weiler’s emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash and they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role.

All northbound lanes of I-65 were temporarily shut down in the area while officers investigated the crash.