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UPDATE: Area reopened after INDOT workers injured in wreck on I-65
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UPDATE: Area reopened after INDOT workers injured in wreck on I-65

Lanes reopened after Indiana Department of Transportation workers were injured when a semitrailer slammed into two INDOT vehicles earlier in the morning, state police said.

The area reopened Friday afternoon following a lengthy closure, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Davonne Barlow.  

The workers were examined at an urgent care facility, said Hunter Petroviak, public relations director for INDOT's Northeast District. They were patching a section of northbound Interstate 65 in the area of 61st Avenue when the crash happened. 

A passenger in the semi was airlifted with serious injuries following the 2 a.m. crash, state police said. The victim's condition was unknown Friday evening.

INDOT had the shoulder and third and second lanes closed at the time of the crash for the patching crews, Petroviak said. The semi hit the first truck-mounted crash cushion and then the second.

One of the INDOT vehicles was totaled, as were both the mounted crash cushions on the two vehicles, he said.

The driver of the truck refused treatment, according to police. Indiana State Police said no arrest in connection to the crash was made as of Friday afternoon and the incident was still under investigation. 

Traffic flow in the area was restricted for crash reconstruction and cleanup, police said.

The crash was the most serious of several reported along the local stretch of I-65 Friday that snarled traffic, police said.

A rollover semi crash around 8 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-65 at the 210-mile marker in Rensselaer also caused lane closures with traffic slowly moving through the area. 

There were no injuries, according to ISP.

Times staff writer Anna Ortiz contributed to this story.  

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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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