MARION, Ind. (WANE) — Two crashes shut down southbound traffic along Interstate 69 east of Marion Tuesday afternoon.
INDOT tweeted around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday that a crash involving a semi happened in the southbound lanes, north of Gas City.
INDOT traffic cams showed a scene at the S.R. 18 interchange.
According to Indiana State Police, a semi driver from Canada heading south drove off the west side of the highway, down an embankment and into some trees. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
As a result of the crash, traffic began to back up and another semi rear-ended another semi hauling a flatbed trailer that had slowed down. The semi that hit the flatbed caught fire. The driver suffered a minor injury to his hand. The driver of the semi that was rear ended was not hurt.
Traffic was flowing again by 3:40 p.m. although police said motorists might expect traffic backups in the area.