Crash shuts down most of I-65 near downtown

A crash on I-65 Thursday, Jan 3, 2019, shut down all southbound traffic and most northbound traffic around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Street for hours. (WTHR Photo/Mary Milz)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A crash shut down Interstate 65 near downtown Thursday, causing major traffic issues throughout the afternoon.

Police say the crash happened near 30th Street around 10 a.m. Thursday. Callers to 911 said a large overhead highway sign had collapsed onto the southbound lanes. There were no injuries reported, but significant debris and the collapsed sign forced police to stop traffic in both directions of the interstate.

The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed until 4:30 p.m. and traffic was diverted onto I-465 southbound on the northwest side. Two northbound lanes were closed throughout the day as crews cleaned up the crash scene.

Investigators believe a northbound semi tractor-trailer driven by 27-year-old Cody Harter hit the concrete median, ripping open the side of the trailer and spilling its load of auto parts onto the highway. The impact also caused the overhead sign to collapse.

Three other vehicles were struck by debris. No one in those vehicles were injured. Police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

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