BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – It was a dog’s dream and a traveler’s nightmare on I-65 in Boone County.
A crash on I-65 southbound near State Road 47 in the early morning hours Wednesday blocked all lanes of the interstate for several hours. A truck carrying 45,000 pounds of dog food ended up on its side.
The crash cleanup included offloading the bags by hand, slowing efforts to reopen the interstate. Crews placed the bags on pallets throughout the morning.
Bags of dog food littered the road and some bags burst open after the crash, leaving behind piles of dog food.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, all lanes reopened around 10:30 a.m. They had been closed since before 4 a.m.
Photos from INDOT showed the truck on its side. The truck was eventually brought upright.
Officials at Zore’s Towing said crashes that take place in tight construction zones are very difficult to clear quickly.
“It makes it challenging because when you have a semi, it’s laying over the barriers, and you have to be able to lift it up over the concrete barriers,” said Zore’s Inc Manager Lois Wilson. “So you have to be able to maneuver and get things positioned properly to be able to recover the equipment that’s on the side.”
Indiana State Police Captain Ron Galaviz said crashes in construction zones require constant communication between police, INDOT and towing companies in order to redirect traffic as efficiently as possible.
“Sometimes they’re very confined spaces,” Galaviz said. “Sometimes we have barrier walls on either side that really restrict vehicular movement, but also emergency responder movement.”
“INDOT coordinates with law enforcement and first responders to clean up crash sites,” INDOT spokesperson Mallory Duncan said in a statement. “Though we always strive to clear the roads as quickly as possible, safety for the traveling public and first responders is our top priority when out on the roadway.”
“That is on the forefront of our mind because we know the longer that traffic backs up, the higher the frequency or higher the chance that another secondary or tertiary could occur,” Galaviz added.
“Rest assured that we’re trying to get the interstates opened up as fast as we possibly can,” Wilson said.