One Trucker Dead in Crash Involving Two Big Rigs
Sellersburg, IN – A trucker died today in a crash involving two big rigs along an Indiana interstate.
Indiana State Police (ISP) reported the fatal accident occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the 34 mile-marker.
At the time of the fatal crash, traffic was diverted into the left lane near the 35 mile-marker as road crews had the right lane closed for roadway maintenance.
ISP said a blue 2019 Freightliner, operated by Tavares Jackson of Tuscaloosa, AL, was slowed in the right lane.
At the same time, a 2001 red International semi approached and failed to slow before colliding into the rear of the trailer pulled by the Freightliner.
The International then traveled off the east side of the interstate before coming to rest on its side, investigators reported.
The driver of the red semi was quickly transported to a nearby hospital for life-saving treatment, but sadly succumbed to his injuries.
ISP has not yet released the identity of the deceased driver.
Jackson was uninjured, ISP said.
Traffic on northbound I-65 was diverted onto U.S. 31 and was backed up several miles while the accident investigation was ongoing.
The roadway remained closed until approximately 5:40 p.m.
Investigators have not yet indicated if the deceased driver suffered a medical event or if other factors such as impairment, excessive speed, or distracted driving led to the fatal accident.