1 dies in fiery crash of 2 semis on I-65 in Clinton County
UPDATE: The Clinton County Coroner released the identity of the driver killed in the fiery crash Wednesday on I-65 as Karl Carter, 54, of Matteson, IL.
COLFAX, Ind. (WISH) — At least one person died as two semis crashed and caught fire Wednesday afternoon on I-65 in southwestern Clinton County, closing the interstate in both directions, the Indiana State Police says.
Indiana Department of Transportation tweeted about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday that northbound lanes had been cleared from U.S. 52 at Lebanon to the State Road 28 interchange. Southbound lanes had reopened around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Shortly after the crash, a traffic camera at a nearby rest stop showed plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
Indiana Department of Transportation reported the crash was between County Line Road, on the border of Boone and Clinton counties, and South Clinton County Road 350 West.
State police Sgt. Jeremy Piers says the crash happened in the northbound lanes, but I-65 was closed in both directions for several hours. Piers also told News 8 about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday that he did not yet have any information on whether anyone was hurt in the crash or what may have led to the crash. He had planned to share more information Wednesday evening, but no details had been received by 11 p.m.
INDOT shared photos of the fiery crash.
An INDOT traffic camera at a nearby rest area showed at 2:43 p.m. Wednesday that smoke rising from the crash scene.
The WISHTV.com traffic map initially showed stopped traffic on I-65 in both directions.