I-70 ramp at North Split reopens after early morning semi crash slows Tuesday commute

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -  Driver error is being listed as the cause of an early Tuesday morning accident that occurred just about 3:30 a.m. in downtown Indianapolis at the North Split.

According to Indiana State Police, the driver of a semi approached the curve from westbound I-70 to southbound I-65/70 too fast and lost control, skimming along the barrier wall before tipping over.

Drivers following behind the semi stopped and attempted to rescue the truck driver by breaking through the windows. State Police say the driver was too injured to pull himself out of the car and needed to be rescued by medics who arrived on scene.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Indiana State Police say the semi truck was hauling a heavy load of metal pallets. The officer on the scene believed the pallets are used to transport automotive parts.

Forklifts and other heavy machinery was needed to pulled the pallets from inside the cargo haul. The pallets were loaded onto flat bed trucks and driven away from the scene.

The crash took roughly five hours to clean up. Crews got the semi upright, towed it away and then concentrated on clearing debris from the road. The ramp reopened to traffic just after 8:30 a.m.