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Southbound I-65 closed for 5 hours following semi crash


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Photo submitted by Indiana State Police/ This wreck Monday evening on Interstate 65 at the Jonesville exit in northern Jackson County left one trucker with a non-life threatening head injury. The interstate was close for five hours to allow for emergency workers to clean up the damaged trucks.
Photo submitted by Indiana State Police/ This wreck Monday evening on Interstate 65 at the Jonesville exit in northern Jackson County left one trucker with a non-life threatening head injury. The interstate was close for five hours to allow for emergency workers to clean up the damaged trucks.

Photo submitted by Indiana State Police/ This wreck Monday evening on Interstate 65 at the Jonesville exit in northern Jackson County left one trucker with a non-life threatening head injury. The interstate was close for five hours to allow for emergency workers to clean up the damaged trucks.
Photo submitted by Indiana State Police/ This wreck Monday evening on Interstate 65 at the Jonesville exit in northern Jackson County left one trucker with a non-life threatening head injury. The interstate was close for five hours to allow for emergency workers to clean up the damaged trucks.


Speed likely played a role in a crash involving two semis on Interstate 65 five miles north of Seymour, police said.

The wreck Monday evening left William H. Petrie, 48, of Tupelo, Mississippi, hospitalized with a non-life-threatening head injury at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

Southbound lanes of I-65 at the Jonesville exit were closed for five hours.

Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Holley said Petrie was cited for speeding, going too fast to avoid a collision.

The events that led to the wreck began about 6:30 p.m. as Petrie was driving a 2013 Freightliner semi pulling a box trailer southbound on State Road 11 and attempted to enter the southbound lanes of the interstate, Holley said.

Petrie’s semi sped through the curve on the ramp causing the tractor and trailer to overturn onto the driver’s side, blocking both southbound lanes of I-65 beneath the State Road 11 overpass, Holley said.

A 2015 Freightliner semi tractor, driven by Edmond R. Mansfield of Morrisonville, Illinois, was southbound at the same time and swerved to avoid crashing into Petrie’s semi. Mansfield’s semi went into the median before hitting the trailer of Petrie’s overturned semi.

Mansfield, whose age was not available, was not injured, Holley said.

I-65 reopened about 11:30 p.m. Monday after emergency crews uprighted the semis and cleared the area of debris.

Holley was assisted at the scene by other state troopers and personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and Indiana Department of Transportation.

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