2nd semi veers off I-69 in a week


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A semi veered off Interstate 69 and crashed into a creek below an overpass early Tuesday, the second such crash in the same location in a week.

Emergency crews were called around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday to the northbound lanes of Interstate 69 at the 294 milemarker, just south of the I-469 interchange, on a report of a semi crash there. An Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the crash likely actually happened before 6 a.m.

Crews arrived to find a semi – a Fedex truck hauling two trailers of paint – crashed and mangled off the roadway and down in a creek where construction crews are raising supports for a new bridge.

The driver of the rig was pinned in the cab before emergency crews could extricate him. He was eventually pulled out and airlifted from the scene in serious condition, officials told NewsChannel 15. Police did not identify the man.

There are no reports of any other injuries or any other vehicles involved.

It appear no other drivers witnessed the crash, or if they did, they did not notify authorities.

State highway officials closed the highway and re-routed traffic from I-69 at the Markle exit at milemarker 286. Southbound traffic was also been slowed at the time. Traffic on the interstate was flowing again by 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday morning’s crash took place at the same location where a semi crashed last week, critically injuring the driver. That crash also forced the closure of the interstate for several hours.

The area is a construction zone and traffic is being routed around the work area where crews are constructing a new bridge. At least three warning signs are placed before the lanes veer to the left and then back right.

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