A driver crashed his semi on Interstate 65 after trying to swat a bug that flew into his cab, Indiana State Police said in a news release.
At approximately 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Christopher Walker, 28, from Thomson, Georgia, was driving southbound at the 235 mile marker, about five miles south of the Lowell exit.
When a bug flew in from his downed window, Walker tried to swat it and took his eyes off the road, causing him to drive off the roadway and hit the guardrail on the right with his passenger side, the release said.
The semi continued south hitting the guardrail when it hit the concrete construction barrier wall on the west side, causing the trailer to become detached from the tractor, which stopped in the middle of southbound lanes of traffic, the release said.
The trailer went off the road to the west and rolled over onto its passenger side. The trailer was split open after impacting the concrete construction barrier wall, spilling out 42,000 pounds of plastic rolls both onto the roadway and over the embankment, the release said.
All traffic was diverted off at Ind. 2. The rolls of plastic and tractor had to be removed from the travel portion of I-65 before the left lane was re-opened to clear out traffic that was stuck in the back-up.
I-65 southbound is still closed for removal of the trailer and traffic is still being diverted off at Ind. 2. Police request to find alternate routes if heading south on I-65 and said they hope to have I-65 southbound in this location open by 3 p.m.
Check back at nwi.com for updates to this story.