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Semi collision closes I-65 southbound in Jackson County Monday


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A wrecker works to remove an overturned semi in the southbound lanes of I-65 in Jackson County Monday night.
Photo provided by Indiana State Police
A wrecker works to remove an overturned semi in the southbound lanes of I-65 in Jackson County Monday night. Photo provided by Indiana State Police


Two semis that collided at 6:30 p.m. Monday closed southbound Interstate 65 in Jackson County for about five hours.

Indiana State Police said a semi pulling a box trailer driven by William H. Petrie, 48, Tupelo, Mississippi, was southbound on State Road 11 exiting to get on southbound I-65 when it overturned on to the driver’s side because it was traveling too fast. Petrie’s semi blocked both southbound lanes of the interstate.

Another semi driven by Edmond R. Mansfield, Morrisonville, Illinois, was traveling southbound on I-65 and swerved to avoid hitting the overturned semi, driving into the median, but striking the other semi’s trailer.

Petrie suffered a non-life-threatening head injury and was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County EMS. He was cited for speed too fast to avoid a collision.

Mansfield was not injured. The interstate was reopened at about 11:30 p.m.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Republic or Wednesday's Tribune.

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