Police: Semi driver fell asleep at the wheel before crash on State Road 37/I-69 in Bloomington


Photo from scene on April 10, 2018

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A crash closed northbound State Road 37/I-69 in Bloomington for several hours Tuesday, further complicating an already tough commute.

According to Indiana State Police and the Bloomington Police Department, the crash involved a semi truck on northbound SR 37/I-69 near the State Road 45/46 bypass. The crash was reported just before 6 a.m. The road reopened around 8:40 a.m., according to Bloomington police.

The semi struck the bridge overpass, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office. The truck was carrying loaves of bread.

The driver of the semi told police he fell asleep while driving. His truck drifted across the gravel median and into the southbound lanes before striking the overpass.

The semi’s roof was partially ripped off and bread slices were scattered across the highway.

During the closure, ISP diverted traffic onto the bypass and then north on Walnut, north on Old 37 then to Sample Road West and back on SR37. In a tweet, Bloomington police also recommended taking State Road 46 west to Spencer and then State Road 67 to get to Martinsville or Indianapolis.

A female passenger in the semi was taken to the hospital for head injuries. The driver was not injured.

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