Police: Semi driver swats at bug, crashes rig and closes I-65

Bug distracts semi driver on I-65

A driver distracted by a bug that flew into his semi, crashed and caused the south bound lanes of I-65 to be closed for hours according to Indiana State Police. 

A preliminary investigation determined that at approximately 9:35 a.m Thursday a 2009 Freightliner, driven by Christopher Walker, 28 of Thomson, Georgia, was south bound on I-65 in the right lane about five miles south of the Lowell exit when a bug flew in from his window.  Walker tried to swat the bug and took his eyes off the road causing him to drive hit the guardrail on the right with his passenger side. 

The Freightliner continued south where it hit a concrete construction barrier wall on the west side causing the trailer to become detached from the tractor.  

The tractor came to rest in the middle of south bound lanes of traffic in a two-lane no shoulder construction zone. 

The trailer went off the road to the west rolling over onto its passenger side.  The trailer split open after hitting the concrete construction barrier wall throwing out 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls both onto the roadway and over the embankment.

All traffic was diverted off at State Road 2 (Lowell exit).  The rolls of plastic and tractor had to be removed from the travel portion of I-65 before the left lane was re-opened to clear out traffic that was stuck in the back-up. 

Walker refused medical treatment at the scene and was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement.

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