Semi accident closes I-65 northbound lanes for hours


Tribune Staff Reports

The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 from Seymour to Columbus were closed for several hours Tuesday morning after two semis collided in a construction zone.

The accident started at 6 a.m. Tuesday near the 62-mile-marker where Indiana Department of Transportation contractors are expanding I-65 from four lanes to six.

A semi pulling a box trailer driven by David Clark, 56, of Louisville, Kentucky, was traveling north and attempted to pass another semi, a UPS truck pulling two box trailers. The UPS truck was driven by Roger Edlin, 42, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Indiana State Police said.

Clark drove off of the right side of the roadway, then overcorrected to go back on the roadway, striking the trailers on the UPS truck, state police said.

Edlin’s rear trailer rolled on its side, blocking both northbound lanes of the interstate, state police said. After the collision, Clark’s semi traveled off of the right side of the interstate and rolled on its driver’s side.

Edlin was not injured, and Clark, who had a minor cut, was checked at the scene but refused treatment, state police said.

While state troopers were dealing with that accident, another minor property-damage accident occurred at about 7 a.m. involving a semi going into a concrete barrier just south of the Seymour exit in the southbound lanes of the interstate, blocking one lane of traffic for about 45 minutes.

It took about three hours for the semi accident at the 62-mile-marker to be cleared, and traffic resumed northbound a little after 9 a.m. Tuesday, state police said.

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