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I-65 back open in White County following deadly crash

The fatal crash involving multiple vehicles closed I-65 just south of State Road 18 exit.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 1:07 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 5:12 AM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — I-65 southbound is back open in White County just south of State Road 18 exit due to a deadly crash Tuesday afternoon. According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jeremy Piers, around 11 a.m., ISP responded to a large fire that involved multiple vehicles on I-65, southbound at the 187 mile-marker.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed a Freightliner semi pulling a tanker trailer was driving northbound in the right lane, when, for an unknown reason, it swerved into the left lane and sideswiped a van, driven by James Harrington, 66, of Thomasville, NC. The semi continued across the cable barrier and into the southbound lanes. 

The Freightliner semi then struck a Volvo semi driven by Frank Duran Jr., 56 of Chicago, which was pulling two trailers. The Freightliner hit the two trailers, split one of them in half, and caught on fire. The Freightliner and both trailers came to rest in the ditch on the west side of the southbound lanes. The Volvo semi continued southbound and stopped on the right shoulder.

The driver of the Freightliner was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Carroll County Coroner. The driver’s name is being withheld pending identification and notification to the family.

Police said Harrington and Duran were both uninjured in the crash.

Once again, I-65 is back open as normal. 

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