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Fatal crash under investigation on I-69 in Morgan County

BARGERSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — At least one person has died following a crash on Interstate 69 in Morgan County.

The Bargersville Fire Department says the crash occurred at Banta Road, just south of State Road 144. At 3 a.m., the fire department posted on Twitter that northbound and southbound lanes were closed.

By 4:45 a.m., the southbound lanes had been reopened. Northbound traffic on I-69 has to exit at the Henderson Ford Road exit on the north side of Martinsville.

The crash involved a semi and a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup, 45-year-old Jason Phelps of Martinsville, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the semi and his passenger, two men from Canada, were not injured in the crash. The driver was taken to a hospital for a chemical test but the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said he did not show any signs of impairment.

Investigators believe the semi driver was traveling on I-69 and approaching a green light at Banta Road, but did not see the pickup truck and rear-ended the vehicle.