UPDATE: I-65 reopens north of Lafayette after fatal crashes
(March 11, 2015) – Two people died after fog-related crashes on Interstate 65 north of Lafayette. I-65 northbound reopened early Wednesday afternoon.
According to Indiana State Police, the northbound side of I-65 was closed from around 10 p.m. Tuesday through 2 p.m. Wednesday after multiple crashes near the 188 mile marker. The initial crash involved a silver Acura and a semi truck. The driver of the Acura was killed and the front seat passenger seriously injured. A child in the back seat of the car was not hurt. The driver of the semi also escaped injury.
A second major crash involved six semi trucks, a van and two case. A semi hit the back of another semi. The impact jarred the load loose, causing it to fall and crash though the cab and kill the driver. At least two truck drivers and several people in other vehicles were seriously injured, according to Indiana State Police. Investigators said the crash happened when vehicles slowed and stopped in response to the first crash. Weather conditions were extremely foggy at the time.
State police said 15 semi trucks, five cars and two vans were involved in at least three separate crashes.
After the crash, all northbound traffic was being directed off at the 178 exit going north on SR 43.