INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- All lanes of northbound I-465 are closed until further notice at I-70 after a truck hit the overpass Tuesday morning at I-465 northbound and U.S. 36/Rockville Road.
INDOT said a semi truck struck the U.S. 36/Rockville Road bridge, leaving debris from the bridge all over the road. Bridge inspectors were sent to the scene.
Indiana State Police said drivers should expect major delays and didn't have a timeline for when the interstate would reopen. "Several" cars were damaged by falling debris when the semi hit the bridge. One woman suffered minor injuries, police said, after part of the overpass fell into her car. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital with a broken arm.
Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Dave Bursten told FOX59 that the truck was carrying a mobile car crusher, which inadvertently raised up during transit and struck the bridge. Bursten likened the damaged pavement on Rockville Road to earthquake damage. The armature on the car crusher raked along the underside of the bridge and punched up the pavement on Rockville Road above, raining concrete down on other vehicles.
“I would not have been surprised at all, after what I saw there, if you told me there were two or three people critically injured and one or two people had been killed. Would not have shocked me at all," Bursten said Tuesday.
He said it was only "by the grace of God" that the injuries weren't more serious.
Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police said traffic on I-465 northbound won't be able to go north of I-70; that's where the interstate is closed. West side traffic going north on I-465 will have to exit on I-70 East or I-70 West. Southbound lanes remained open.
INDOT didn't say how long the interstate would be closed, but drivers should expect a closure of significant length. Rockville Road was originally closed, but at least one lane has been reopened in each direction to provide local access across the I-465 bridge.
Access to northbound I-465 is closed from Sam Jones Parkway and U.S. 40/West Washington Street, INDOT said.
According to the Wayne Township Fire Department, the county health department and a hazmat unit were called to the scene in response to a fuel spill. A crash on 465 southbound also slowed traffic in the area.
Nate Riggs with INDOT said it will take "some time" to assess the damage and clean up the site. He couldn't give an estimate on what repairs would be required or how long it would take.
The officer of Gov. Eric Holcomb released the following statement about the crash:
The Governor is aware of the bridge strike involving a semi-trailer on I-465 and Rockville Road in Indianapolis and is grateful no lives were lost in the accident. Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation are keeping him apprised of the situation as it develops. Governor Holcomb has directed the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation to coordinate with local authorities to clear the area and ensure safety and traffic flow as quickly as possible.