I-65 southbound reopens after early morning fatal crash involving semi truck

photo courtesy: Indiana State Police

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.– One person died following a crash early Tuesday involving a semi-trailer truck and an Indiana Department of Transportation vehicle.

The crash happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Seymour. The driver of the semi struck an unoccupied INDOT vehicle, causing the semi to rollover, according to Indiana State Police investigators. The driver, later identified as James H. Foster, 65, Louisville, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene.

Indiana State Police said Foster was traveling in the southbound lane of I-65 near mile marker 50 when the 2014 Freightliner crashed into an unoccupied INDOT dump truck parked in the right lane. The INDOT truck was providing protection for crews who were working on repairs to the I-65 overpass for U.S. 50. The INDOT truck’s lights were flashing and a flashing arrow board was also set up, state police said.

Foster’s truck, which was hauling about 35,000 pounds of frozen food, overturned after the crash, and Foster suffered fatal injuries.

INDOT and Indiana State Police expected a lengthy closure for I-65 southbound due to extensive cleanup from the crash. By about 7 a.m., ISP said the interstate had reopened but cautioned that it would be slow going for drivers due to lengthy backups.

I-65 southbound traffic was diverted at exit 64 in Bartholomew County to U.S. 31 for about six hours.