Semi wrecks halts I-65 traffic

One truck driver was injured after two accidents involving semis blocked traffic on Interstate 65 North between Seymour and Columbus for about two hours.

Indiana State Police and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the interstate about 1:30 p.m. Monday about two semis that collided in the northbound lanes near the 58 mile marker, which is about 10 miles south of Columbus.

Trooper Randel Miller said the crash happened after northbound traffic slowed because of another semi sliding into the median about a half mile north of the two-semi crash, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

The second crash happened when Timothy Eric Lill, 37, Alberta, Canada, did not slow down for traffic and hit the rear of a semi being driven by John R. Nichols, 57, Stryker, Ohio. Lill’s vehicle left the road and hit a guardrail before stopping on the shoulder of the interstate, Wheeles said. Nichols was not injured.

Lill, who was initially trapped in the semi cab, was transported by LifeLine helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital with non-life threatening injures, state police said.

Northbound lanes of I-65 were shut down for about 2½ hours, with traffic slowed in the area for about another half hour as the accident was cleared.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.