Driver arrested after accident involving multiple semis

Indiana State Police report Interstate 65 northbound at Franklin at the 92 mile marker remains closed. Crews are working hard to open the road. Northbound traffic is exiting at the 90 mile marker. Photo provided

JOHNSON COUNTY — Indiana State Police arrested a Florida truck driver after accusing him of causing a crash involving six semis and a van in the northbound lanes of I-65 in Johnson County at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Jose Montalvo, 43, Hialeah, Florida, fled the accident scene shortly after rear-ending another semi in the right lane, which set off the chain reaction crash, state police said.

Montalvo was located a short time later by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash and driving without insurance, state police said. Montalvo was also cited for following too closely and several Federal Motor Carrier violations.

I-65 at the 92 mile marker was closed for about three hours after the accident, state police said.

One driver of another semi was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, police said.

The Needham Volunteer Fire Department cleaned up a small hazardous material spill from leaking engine and transmission fluids and leaking fuel from the semis.