INDIANAPOLIS — Interstate 465 Northbound at U.S. 36 and Rockville Road remains closed after the Indiana Department of Transportation determined the bridge must be repaired.

Indiana State Police were called to the interstate at about 8:06 a.m. this morning after six vehicles collided at the bridge, including a semi and trailer with a mobile car crusher on the trailer bed, a utility vehicle and four cars.

State Police said the semi, operated by Twins Trucking, Indianapolis, was northbound on I-465 approaching the bridge overpass when, for reasons yet to be determined, the hydraulic piston arm of the mobile car crusher extended upward while the semi was at highway speed.

Damage to the overpass bridge beams is shown. Photo provided
Damage to the overpass bridge beams is shown.
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INDOT and Indiana State Police are examining damage to the northbound I-465 overpass at U.S. 36 and Rockville Road in Indianapolis, which will remain closed for several days. Photo provided
INDOT and Indiana State Police are examining damage to the northbound I-465 overpass at U.S. 36 and Rockville Road in Indianapolis, which will remain closed for several days.
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The car crusher on the semi’s trailer hit the overpass support beams of the U.S. 36/Rockville Road bridge causing the trailer to separate from the cab as the piston arm hit at least four beams of the bridge.

Hundreds of pieces of concrete, from baseball-size to basketball-size fell from the damaged support beams on to northbound traffic, resulting in the other five vehicles being hit and damaged. One piece of concrete fell through the windshield of a northbound car being driven by Christine Haraburds, 28, Indianapolis, who was taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment.

Northbound I-465 is closed at I-70 on the west side of Indianapolis. Also closed are the northbound ramps from Washington/U.S. 40 and the northbound ramp to I-465 from Rockville Road.

The I-465 northbound closing is expected to continue for several days, INDOT said.

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