Truck driver taken to hospital with possible life-threatening injuries after I-65 crash

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COLUMBUS, Ind. – A truck driver was sent to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries after his semi rear-ended another semi on I-65 south in Columbus Tuesday.

Police say Shawn Beeman, 36, of North Vernon was unable to slow down to avoid slow traffic near the 65.5 mile marker around 1:05 p.m. He then collided with another semi driven by Patrick R. Russell, 54. The force of the crash also caused Russell’s vehicle to crash into a woman’s Cadillac.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 65 were closed as crews worked to free Beeman from his vehicle. He was then transported to Columbus Regional Hospital before being transferred to Methodist Hospital. Russell and the woman in the Cadillac were not injured.

Police say Russell’s trailer was ripped open, spilling part of his load of paper items across the road. Officers also say Beeman’s fuel tanks ruptured during the collision, causing fuel to be spilled on the roadway.

The southbound lanes of I-65 were reopened around 6 p.m.

Police are still investigating.