REMINGTON, Ind.–Strong wind gusts appear to have led to two crashes involving three semi tractor-trailers, a semi-tanker, and a box truck that closed northbound I–65 near Remington Tuesday afternoon.
State police say the first crash happened around 2 pm about 3 miles south of the U.S. 24/U.S. 231 interchange near Remington and Wolcott with the second crash happening around a mile away from the first one.
In the first crash, officers say a strong gust of wind blew a semi’s trailer airborne and it hit another northbound semi tractor-trailer. Both drivers lost control. One of them hit a guardrail and crashed into a ditch while the other hit a concrete bridge abutment. The cab separated from the vehicle frame and the semi ended up in a creek. Both drivers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The second crash happened moments later when a semitractor-trailer was slowing down to avoid the first crash and it was rear-ended by the tanker. The tanker then hit the box truck, which crashed into a ditch. The tanker jackknifed and crashed into the median and a ditch. The driver of the box truck was rescued by emergency personnel and came away with minor injuries.
The northbound lanes were closed for over 6 hours Tuesday night to allow for police to clean up both crashes.