TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — I-65 southbound was down to one lane Thursday afternoon after two separate crashes. According to Indiana State Police, the first crash happened around 11:16 a.m. near the 178 mile marker. A car attempted to make a left turn onto the interstate was hit by a semi. Two other semis attempting to avoid the crash hit each other.
The preliminary investigation by ISP said a Lincoln MKZ driven by Howard F. Weaver, 88 of Idaville was coming up the ramp from SR 43 onto I-65 southbound when he apparently got confused and attempted to turn left to go north in the southbound lanes. A semi driven by Joseph M. McClain, 64 of Humbolt, IL struck the Lincoln as he attempted to go north.
As other vehicles came upon the crash, traffic started to slow. A Freightliner owned by FedEx and driven by Dawn Williams, 47 of Morton Grove, IL moved from the left lane to the right lane and slowed for the traffic. A Volvo Pulling a car hauler driven by David Bjork, 68 of Elgin, IL failed to slow and ran into the rear of the FedEx Trailer. Both vehicles ran off the right side of the roadway. The FedEx truck rolled onto its side and the car hauler jackknifed and came to rest in the ditch.
Though no serious injuries were reported, Weaver and Williams were transported to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with non-life threatening injuries.
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