Overnturned semi shut down SB I-69 for hours

Traffic was backed up for at least 7 miles

FISHERS, Ind. - Traffic started moving once again along Interstate 69 after an overturned semi caused a nearly five-hour backup Wednesday afternoon.

Indiana State Police said the driver of a semi lost control and flipped his tractor-trailer after making an abrupt maneuver.

Southbound lanes of I-69 were closed just before the exit for 82nd Street around 2:30 p.m.

At one point, traffic was backed up for at least seven miles, officials said. There were reports of motorists pulling U-turns and going north in southbound lanes to avoid the mess.

Drivers caught in the standstill said it was "absolute madness" and social media was buzzing with complaints of commutes growing exponentially.

One driver said people were just out walking about. Others tried to find the humor in the situation, asking if McDonald’s delivered to the middle of I-69.

Perhaps a message written in chalk on a concrete barrier said it best: "5 hour traffic jam, but we survived."

The driver of the semi was taken to St. Vincent Hospital after he complained of pain. Troopers said the investigation is ongoing and traffic-violation citations are possible.

Officials worried that the situation could have been worse because the semi was marked with signs saying the trailer contained flammable materials. Fortunately, nothing leaked.

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