Jackknifed semi closes all lanes of I-65 South near I-465; pregnant woman stuck in jam

INDIANAPOLIS - All southbound lanes of Interstate 65 just south of Interstate 465 were closed Monday morning after a semi jackknifed across the roadway. The backup left a pregnant woman stuck in traffic, with an ambulance left scrambling to get to her. 

Just after 6 a.m., dispatchers said the semi jackknifed on southbound I-65 south of I-465 and north of the Southport Road exit. Officials said the semi crashed with a passenger vehicle.

UPDATE at 7:15 a.m.: All three lanes of southbound I-65 are now open, but traffic continues to move slowly.

RTV6's Lauren Casey said northbound traffic has also been affected by the crash.

There's no word yet on injuries, but we do know a pregnant woman in labor was stuck in the traffic jam. As one of the Beech Grove emergency vehicles was leaving the crash, officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) said they came across the woman, who let them know she was in labor and needed help. 

An ambulance responded to her location, at roughly the 105 mile marker, and utilizing the northbound lanes, transported her to St. Francis Hospital South.

Drivers should still try to seek an alternate route south Monday morning.

Caught On Camera

On a different note, the RTV6 newsroom spotted something else noteworthy during our surveillance of the crash scene.

Skycam 6 was taking a look at the area when our cameras spotted a white box truck that was stopped on I-65... with no other cars around it. Several confused drivers were puzzled by the truck's immobility. (See attached photos to see for yourself.)

RTV6 called officials to let them know of the box truck, in case the driver had suffered a medical incident. Officials tell us, however, after checking on the man, the driver of the truck had fallen asleep while waiting on the traffic jam to clear up. He drove off once firefighters on the scene woke him.

Watch RTV6 and refresh this page for updates.

 

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