Sand spill from crash closes I-69 portion

September 20, 2018

A morning crash on Interstate 69 in DeKalb County closed the southbound lanes for more than two hours while crews cleaned up 18 tons of sand, the county sheriff’s department said.

At 9:12 a.m., emergency crews were called to the 323-mile marker, near Auburn, where a dump truck carrying sand collided with a car, the sheriff’s department said in  a statement.

It said Melissa T. Getts, 26, of Auburn, was driving south in the passing lane when the driver of the dump truck, Will T. Gooden, 57, of Fort Wayne, merged into the passing lane, hitting Getts.

Getts’ car entered the median, hit the barrier cables and came to a stop, the statement said. It said Gooden overcorrected the dump truck and overturned on the driver’s side.

Gooden had a laceration to the head, Getts had back pain, and a 1-year-old in Getts’ car suffered belt rash. All three were taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne for treatment.


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