One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 that delayed traffic northbound and southbound near the 58 mile marker in Bartholomew County for hours.

A 2012 Freightliner semi driven by John G. Olson, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was traveling northbound on I-65 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday when for an unknown reason, he crossed the median into the southbound lanes of I-65, said Indiana State Police Master Trooper Trooper Tommy Walker.

The semi hit a southbound 2006 Toyota SUV driven by Wendy L. Crowder, 50, Veedersburg, Walker said. Olson’s semi then went back into the median before coming to a stop and Crowder stopped on the shoulder of I-65, Walker said.

Indiana State Police block off a lane near mile marker 58 on Thursday after a semi crossed the median and collided with an SUV at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Photo provided
Indiana State Police block off a lane near mile marker 58 on Thursday after a semi crossed the median and collided with an SUV at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Photo provided

Crowder was transported by Lifeline Helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries, Walker said. Olson was not injured.

Olson’s trailer contained a load of potatoes that had shifted during the crash, Walker said. I-65 traffic was slow in both directions for nearly six hours while crews worked to offload the potatoes before the semi could be moved.

Traffic slowed at mile marker 58 for about six hours Thursday as crews unloaded potatoes from the semi trailer before it could be moved. Photo provided
Traffic slowed at mile marker 58 for about six hours Thursday as crews unloaded potatoes from the semi trailer before it could be moved.
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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.