Indiana’s I-65 Shut By Major Semi Crash

Indiana semi crash

Photo Courtesy Indiana State Police

JASPER COUNTY, IN ( (Source: Indiana State Police) — A multiple semi crash has closed all lanes of south bound I-65 with traffic being diverted at the 215 mile marker (Rensselaer exit).  It is expected that this will be closed for another hour or two.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Paul Arnold revealed at approximately 5:03 am, this morning, traffic was stopped in both lanes of I-65 south bound near the 205 mile marker (Remington exit) due to an earlier crash that caused the left lane to be closed.  A 2018 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, leased by DM World Transportation out of Orlando, Florida, and hauling Amazon Prime cargo, and driven by Ikhtiyor Sulaymanov, 27 of Brooklyn, New York, was stopped in the right lane at the 206 mile marker.  Directly in front of Sulaymanov, also stopped in the right lane, was a 2016 Freightliner pulling an empty flatbed trailer, owned by Aim Leasing, out of Girard, Ohio, and driven by Zachery R. McGuire, 28 of LaPorte, Indiana.

For unknown reasons a 2013 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, owned by Willie C. Brown, 56 of Van Buren, Michigan, loaded with vehicle carpeting, and driven by Brown failed to slow down/stop and hit the rear of Sulaymanov’s trailer.  This pushed Sulaymanov’s semi into the rear of McGuire’s trailer.

All three semis came to rest in the right lane or right shoulder with debris covering all lanes.

Brown was flown from the scene by IU Lifeline with multiple injuries.  Sulaymanov was taken to Jasper County Regional Hospital in Rensselaer with non-life threatening injuries.  McGuire was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries.

South bound I-65 traffic was diverted off at the 215 mile marker until 8:00 a.m., when the left lane was reopened to allow traffic backup to clear.  The interstate south bound was then reclosed and will be for further cleanup and removal of the semis.

Brown was also traveling with two dogs; one was located at the scene and taken for safe keeping at the Jasper County Animal Control facility, a second dog a Doberman pincher type dog fled and has not been located.

Assisting: Troopers William Stancy, Devin Farmer, and Kim Zelnis, Sergeant Kathy Boissy and Master Trooper Martin Benner, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper County Animal Control, IU Lifeline helicopter, Farney’s towing and Indiana Department of Transportation

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