Bug distraction causes crash that closed I-65

I-65 southbound lanes were closed for several hours after a semi crashed into the barrier wall.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 4:09 PM

LAKE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — I-65 southbound lanes were closed for several hours after a semi crashed into the barrier wall. According to Indiana State Police, around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning a semi driven by Christopher Walker was heading south on I-65. Around the 235 mile marker, a bug flew in from his window and when Walker tried to swat the bug and took his eyes off the road causing him to drive off the roadway and hit the guardrail.

Police say the semi continued south along the guardrail hitting when it hit the concrete construction barrier wall on the west side causing the trailer to come loose. The tractor came to rest in the middle of southbound lanes. The trailer went off the road to the west rolling over onto its passenger side. The trailer was split open after impacting the concrete construction barrier wall throwing out 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls both onto the roadway and over the embankment.

Walker refused medical treatment at the scene and was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement.

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