Semi carrying mail rolls over, backs up Interstate 65 traffic

2013-12-18T21:00:00Z 2013-12-18T21:07:08Z Semi carrying mail rolls over, backs up Interstate 65 trafficTimes Staff
December 18, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

LOWELL | Traffic was backed up on the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 for most of Wednesday after a semitruck rolled over, police said.

The single-vehicle crash happened at 10:51 a.m. as Robert Boutcher, 60, of St. John, was driving a semi filled with mail about 3 miles north of Lowell.

Traffic on I-65 had started to slow down because of an unrelated crash. Boutcher told troopers he was looking at the crash scene and then looked back at traffic and realized the semi in front of him was going much slower, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

Boutcher steered to the left to avoid hitting the semi, went off the road and then lost control, according to the release. The semi then hit the barrier median, went back into the left lane and hit the median again. 

The semi rolled over, causing it to become tangled in the barrier cables, according to the release. Boutcher was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point with nonlife-threatening injuries. 

Police said the mail was headed to Lafayette and then Indianapolis. According to the release, no mail was lost during the crash.

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