WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - An early morning crash on I-65 backed up traffic Friday after two semis collided in White County. State Police said it could have been a lot worse.
Investigators said it happened around 1:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes at mile marker 187, just south of the Brookston/Fowler exit of State Road 18.
Troopers said James Wilson, 32, of Missouri pulled his semi over after it started having mechanical issues. As Wilson was inspecting his semi on the passenger side, it was hit by a FedEx semi hauling a double-trailer driven by Vivian Rose, 59, of Illinois. Trooper Stephen Grayson said Rose continued for about 300 more yards before her semi caught fire and came to a stop under the County Road 500 West bridge.
Troopers said Wilson was pinned for a short time under his trailer and Rose's semi quickly caught fire.
"Very lucky for sure,” said Trooper Grayson. “With the extent of the fire when we arrived on scene, it was pretty intense. Luckily the FedEx driver was able to get out of the truck before the fire so they were very lucky."
Investigators said both drivers had moderate injuries and were taken to Franciscan St. Elizabeth East but are expected to recover.
Early Friday morning, INDOT closed a 10 mile stretch of both lanes of I-65 North, starting at the State Road 43 exit at mile marker 178.
I-65 South was down to one lane and traffic was backed up for several miles.
The northbound lanes of I-65 are now open.
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