Semi truck accident causes backups on U.S. 31

Daily Journal Staff Writer

An accident involving three semis closed northbound lanes of Interstate 65 on Tuesday afternoon causing traffic jams on U.S. 31 where vehicles were detoured.

The accident happened just after noon Tuesday when a southbound semi hit concrete barriers south of Franklin that divide traffic, Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said.

The semi, which was transporting cars, hit two of the concrete barriers and sent them into the northbound lanes of I-65, where two other semis crashed into them, Myers said.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and none of the drivers were injured, Myers said.

For hours after the crash, traffic on I-65 was routed off the interstate at the U.S. 31 exit in Taylorsville, causing significant backups along U.S. 31. Much of the traffic detoured north on U.S. 31 to Franklin or Whiteland to get back on I-65. Clean up was expected to take several hours, including picking up bricks that one of the semis was hauling, Myers said.

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.