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Semi Crash On I-65 Causes Traffic Back-up

Last updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

(SEYMOUR) - Two semi trucks crashed Tuesday and caused a major traffic problem on I-65 in Jackson County.

According to Master Trooper Kevin Riordan, at approximately 1:15 p.m. a 2012 Volvo semi tractor pulling a box trailer driven by 35-year-old Aleksey Afonin of Auburn, WA was northbound on I-65 near the 53 mile marker when an air ride suspension failure occurred causing the semi tractor to shake violently.

Afonin told police he thought he'd blown a left front tire and began slowing quickly in the left lane and simultaneously pulling the semi over to the right lane and then onto the emergency lane.

A second semi behind the Volvo was able to slow and avoid crashing into the Volvo.

A third semi, a 2013 Mack UPS truck, pulling a set of double trailers driven by 61-year-old Clarence Sherrod, of Indianapolis, swerved to avoid crashing into the second semi and the rear trailer rolled into the median striking the cable barrier then came back across the lanes and struck the cab of the Volvo causing lane blockage in the right lane.

Riordan says, although no injuries resulted from this crash, traffic was restricted to one lane and both lanes had to be closed for nearly an hour so the overturned trailer could be up righted.

As a result of the backup, a secondary crash occurred south of the scene on I-65. I-65 was re-opened at about 5 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Master Trooper Riordan, Seymour Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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