INDIANAPOLIS– Interstate 65 reopened for the Thursday evening commute after a morning semi crash that downed a massive overhead sign into the southbound lanes just northwest of downtown.
No injuries were reported from the crash that happened just before 10 a.m., but police said they want the crash to serve as a lesson: this is what happens when semitractor-trailer drivers speed.
Indiana State Police Master Trooper Charles Taylor said about the semi driver, “As he came into the curve, his vehicle was moving too fast and the weight of his load pushed him over onto the shoulder. You can see scrape marks all along the barrier wall.”
“Let that be a lesson to you truckers that’s coming through these curves with a heavy load in your vehicle. You need to slow down,” Taylor said.
The 2015 Peterbilt was driven by 27-year-old Cody Harter, state police said in a news release.
After hitting the wall, the truck apparently kept going and slammed into the overhead sign’s arms that hold it up.
“Once this trailer hit those arms, it ripped open the side of his trailer,” Taylor said.
The truck was hauling car parts, which spilt all over the northbound lanes of the interstate.
The southbound lanes were closed as crews moved the sign to the side of the road. All but one northbound lane was closed as crews cleaned up debris from the truck’s load. The closures lasted for hours. I-65 southbound reopened about 3:25 p.m. Thursday
Driver Rodney Rudolph said, “People trying to get to work in the morning and they can’t. My girl had to be at work in the morning. I couldn’t take her because we was on the highway, but the highway was cut off. So, we had to take another route to work.”
In addition to the semitruck, three cars were damaged by debris.
Story by WISH TV’s Elizabeth Choi
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