Tuesday night crash involving semi truck still causing traffic problems on east side


Aftermath of crash on Jan. 13, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Drivers are still feeling the effects of a crash from Tuesday night.

Around 7:20 p.m., a semi truck hauling a tanker trailer crashed on the east side, rolling over on I-465 southbound near the I-70 exit. The tanker was loaded with 6,500 gallons of motor oil that started to leak out.

While the leak has been stopped, clean up has been difficult. Crews worked throughout the night to remove the wreckage, but stopped that work for morning rush hour. Efforts resumed around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the truck, Charles Jones of Kentucky, was not hurt. He told police he had to swerve to miss a mattress and box spring that were in the road. His truck hit ice on the shoulder, causing him to lose control of his rig. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Indiana State Police offered no time frame for clean up to be complete. Southbound traffic on I-465 can still get to I-70 east or west as well as Shadeland Avenue, but drivers should be aware of a lane closure in the area. Drivers planning to go on I-465 past I-70 should use the left two lanes to avoid congestion, police said.

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