8:57 a.m. update:
A 47-year old Tennessee truck driver was killed early this morning in a crash on Interstate 65.
According to Indiana State Trooper Matt Holley, at approximately 2:30 a 2013 Peterbilt semi pulling a 53-foot box trailer was northbound on I-65. As the semi crossed the bridge on I-65 over U.S., 31 the driver lost control on the snow- and ice-covered roadway. The vehicle struck the guardrail, then drove between the guardrail and the concrete bridge barrier on the northbound side.
After leaving the roadway the semi went down the embankment and struck the concrete barrier separating the bridge from U.S. 31. During impact, the trailer detached and went thru the cab killing the driver. The driver’s name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Holley was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sherriff’s Department, Vernon Township Fire Department, Jackson County EMS and 31 Wrecker Service. U.S. 31 remains closed at this time.
8:33 a.m. update
Northbound I-65 has been opened and is no longer being detoured. However, U.S. 31 is closed both north and southbound near Exit 36, according to the Indiana State Police.
The crash went down an embankment from I-65 northbound onto U.S. 31. That road is closed and estimated to remain closed until early this afternoon.
North and southbound traffic on U.S. 31 can enter I-65 either direction from the interchange. However, U.S. 31 is closed to Through traffic at that location.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Interstate 65 has been closed just north of the Jackson County-Scott County line since shortly after 3 a.m. today because of a fatal semi crash at the 36.5 mile marker, according to the Indiana State Police.
Northbound traffic is being detoured off I-65 at Exit 34 (the Austin exit) and routed up U.S. 31 where traffic can re-enter northbound I-65 from Exit 36 (the Crothersville exit).
This road closure and detour is estimated to be in effect until about noon today.
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