CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. — One person is dead after a fiery crash invovling two semis brought I-65 to a standstill and left a plume of black smoke hanging over the interstate.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said the accident occurred near mile marker 152, just over the Boone County line in Clinton County.
The Indiana Department of Transportation said that I-65 northbound is completely shut down due to the accident. The shut down could last up to 12 hours.
Indiana State Police said the accident involved two semis and a car. Both semis reportedly burst into flames after a southbound traveling semi crossed the median and hit a northbound traveling semi head-on.
One of the semi drivers ended up dying as a result of the crash, state police said. Indiana State Police later identified him as Karl Carter, 54, from Matteson, Illinois.
The southbound lanes of I-65 are also being affected by the accident.
State police said travelers should avoid the area as I-65 northbound will be shut down for up to 12 hours. Southbound drivers are being routed onto the shoulder to get by the accident and responding fire crews.
Southbound drivers are also being diverted onto U.S. 52.