Semi-trailer jack-knifes, closes I-65 near Rensselaer

JASPER COUNTY — A jack-knifed semi-trailer closed I-65 north bound for two hours Wednesday morning at the 207 mile marker, injuring the driver and rerouting traffic through Rensselaer. The crash occurred two miles north of the Remington/Rensselaer exit. Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Trooper William Stancy revealed at approximately 5:35 a.m., Wednesday, Amandi N. Chioke, 45, of Round Lake, Illinois, was driving a 2008 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, owned by Saia Motor Freight Line Incorporated of Houma, Iowa, when he lost control.

Chioke was in the right lane northbound and road conditions were slick when he jack-knifed.  The semi went off the roadway and crashed into the center median barrier cable, which caused extensive damage to the tractor and approximately 50 yards of the median cable barrier. The Volvo then traveled back onto northbound I-65 and the tractor went into the east side ditch and the trailer blocked both lanes of I-65 northbound at the above location.  The trailer was empty at the time of the crash. Chioke was wearing his seat belt and was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer with non-life threatening injuries.

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