Semi crash closes I-65 in Jasper County
REMINGTON – A multiple semi truck crash, including one vehicle driven by a La Porte man, closed all lanes of southbound I-65 in Jasper County early Monday.
Indiana State Police said the crash occurred just after 5 a.m. Monday in the southbound lanes of I-65 at the 206 mile marker near the Remington exit.
Traffic was stopped in both lanes due to an earlier crash that caused the left lane to be closed when a semi truck drove into the back of a second semi, forcing that vehicle into the back of a third truck.
A 2018 Freightliner pulling a box trailer – leased by DM World Transportation out of Orlando, Florida, hauling Amazon Prime cargo, and driven by Ikhtiyor Sulaymanov, 27, of Brooklyn, New York – was stopped in the right lane.
That truck was directly behind a stopped 2016 Freightliner pulling an empty flatbed trailer. It was owned by Aim Leasing out of Girard, Ohio, and was driven by Zachery R. McGuire, 28, of La Porte, police said.
For an unknown reason, according to ISP, a 2013 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, owned by Willie C. Brown, 56, of Van Buren, Michigan, and loaded with vehicle carpeting, failed to slow down or stop and struck the rear of Sulaymanov’s trailer, pushing the semi into the rear of McGuire’s trailer, police said.
All three truck came to rest in the right lane or right shoulder and debris was scattered across all lanes.
Brown was flown by IU Lifeline suffering multiple injuries. Sulaymanov was taken to Jasper County Regional Hospital in Rensselaer with non-life threatening injuries. McGuire was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to police.
Southbound I-65 traffic was diverted off at the Remington exit until 8 a.m., when the left lane was reopened to allow the traffic backup to clear. The southbound lanes were then reclosed for further cleanup and removal of the semis, and remained closed as of noon. Police expected the roadway to reopen sometime Monday afternoon.
Brown had two dogs in his truck, police said. One was found near the truck and taken for safekeeping to the Jasper County Animal Control facility. The second dog, a Doberman pinscher-type, ran away and had not been found as of early Monday afternoon.