Troopers say ‘strong wind gust’ sparked multi-truck crash on I-65

The crashes closed northbound I-65 for hours.

Indiana State Police say that a chain reaction crash on I-65 yesterday started when high winds caused a semi trailer to become airborne and crash into another truck.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the northbound lanes of I-65 at mile marker 198 near Remington, Indiana.

Troopers describe the circumstances leading to the crash:

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Kurtis Jones shows that several semis were traveling northbound when a strong gust of wind blew across the interstate from the west, resulting in a trailer becoming airborne and striking the truck that was in the right lane. Both drivers then lost control of their vehicles with one striking the median guardrail before impacting the concrete bridge abutment. The cab of the truck then separated from the frame. The truck continued down into the creek while the cab came to rest on its side in the median. The second truck crashed into the east ditch. Both drivers were transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries.  

A secondary crash occurred at the 197 mile-marker almost immediately after. That crash also involved two semis and a box truck. In the second crash, a semi was slowing for the earlier crash. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Corey Brown revealed that a box truck was rear-ended by a tanker semi, which pushed that box truck into the rear of a second semi. The box truck then crashed into the right ditch while the tanker jack-knifed and crashed into the median before also coming to a rest in the right ditch.  The driver had to be extricated from the cab and transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.

The crashes closed an eight mile stretch of northbound I-65 between the Wolcott and Remington exits for hours, causing heavy traffic delays. All lanes have since reopened.

Multiple agencies responded to the crashes, including Remington Fire/EMS, Wolcott Fire/EMS, Monticello Fire/EMS, Phoenix EMS, Farney’s Towing, INDOT,  Indiana State Police Lafayette/Lowell districts, and the ISP Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division.