Double semi crash causes huge I-65 backup, leads to motorcycle crash with injuries
Last Updated: 56 days ago
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. - Two semis received a lot of damage and significantly backed up traffic Wednesday morning after they crashed on the interstate, police said. The traffic led to another interstate traveler being sent to the hospital.
Indiana State Police (ISP) said at roughly 6 a.m., a semi tractor-trailer rig driven by George Brewington, 53, of Lexington, Ky., was just pulling back out onto northbound Interstate 65 near the 59 mile marker (a few miles north of the State Road 11 exit. The rig had been parked on the shoulder of the roadway .
ISP said as it was pulling out, a second semi tractor-trailer rig, driven by Tony Robinson, 38, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., struck the rear of the first semi, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Neither semi driver was injured, however troopers said I-65 North was limited to one lane for several hours, causing traffic to back up for several miles.
Just after 6:30 a.m. a few miles south of there, ISP said troopers responded to a motorcyclist who had crashed. ISP said Donald Klaes, 52, of Seymour, Ind., was riding a Yamaha motorcycle north on I-65 near the 57.5 mile marker when he had to stop suddenly due to the traffic backup from the semi crash.
Klaes told investigators he lost control of his bike and was thrown and landed headfirst in the roadway. ISP said he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for possible fractured ribs and other internal injuries.
ISP investigators noted Klaes’ use of his helmet was a wise choice.
“His helmet had extensive damage, but probably saved his life,” ISP Sgt. Brian Wilson said.
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