Semi driver pronounced dead after rig crashes into trees off I-69 in Grant County


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.

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