WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Interstate 65 is back open after a multi-vehicle crash in White County killed one driver.
According to White County dispatchers, three large trucks collided just after 2 p.m. on southbound I-65 near mile marker 189, which is a mile or two north of the Brookston exit.
The cab of an orange Freightliner truck ended up underneath its own trailer from the force of the crash.
"I've never seen anything like this. It's my first time experiencing something like this," said Trooper Darrick Scott. "It takes a lot of force. Looking at the crash, we made a determination that the subject was traveling at a high rate of speed."
Indiana State Police (ISP) investigations show that before the accident, traffic in the area had slowed due to cleanup from an earlier crash of a semi into the median. Traffic had slowed through the area.
ISP says a blue and white International Brinks truck driven by 60-year-old Earl C. Hall of Beech Grove, Ind., had slowed. A white International semi leased from One Source Rental in Lafayette, driven by 37-year-old Kirk A. Long of Frankfort, had slowed behind the Brinks truck.
Long looked into his rearview mirror and saw an orange Freightliner was not slowing down. The Freightliner hit the rear trailer of the international semi, which in turn was pushed into the rear of the Brinks truck.
The driver of the Freightliner, Michael Foster, 41, of Edgewater, Florida, was pronounced dead on the scene.
The driver of the International, Long, was uninjured. The driver of the Brinks truck, Hall, and his passenger, 37-year-old Edvardo A. Ruiz, were transported to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with non-life-threatening injuries.
ISP said the interstate reopened around 9 Friday night, though traffic was still moving slowly.
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