Victim identified in fatal I-65 crash

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - A two-vehicle crash took the life of a Columbus, Ind., woman on Interstate 65 in Johnson County on Thursday evening.

The wreck happened in the northbound lanes of I-65 near the 86 mile marker, south of Franklin and north of Edinburgh, around 7 p.m., officials said.

Indiana State Police said Karianne Bjordal, 21, was driving a BMW and ran into the back of a semi. Bjordal was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Authorities said a small dog in the BMW survived the crash and was given to an acquaintance of Bjordal.

Police believe that speed and driver inattention were contributing factors in the crash. Investigators said no evidence of deceleration (slowing down) or skid marks was left at the scene by the BMW.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

Northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for about two and a half hours and reopened around 9:30 p.m.

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