Wreck closes southbound lanes of I-65 south of Seymour

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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper / At least one motorist was injured in this wreck involving three semitrailers and a minivan at about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the 47- and a half-mile marker. Police were diverting southbound traffic off the Interstate at U.S. 50 and sending those motorists south on U.S. 31.

At least one motorist was injured in a wreck involving as many as four semitrailers and a church bus-type vehicle Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 65 south of Seymour.

The wreck, reported shortly after 4 p.m. left the southbound lanes of the interstate closed at the 47- and a half-mile marker, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.

Wheeles, the public information officer with the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles, said the only injury reported involved a truck driver who was flown to University of Louisville Hospital. The trucker’s name, age and hometown was not available at press time.

At 6 p.m., Wheeles said police hoped to have at least one southbound lane open in about an hour so motorists trapped behind the wreck, reported at about 4 p.m., could be cleared out.

Police were diverting southbound traffic off the Interstate 65 at Tipton Street to be routed south on U.S. 31 to Uniontown and back onto the interstate.

Three of the four semitrailers were not seriously damaged, but the fourth and last one involved in the wreck had a lot of damage, Wheeles said. That was the truck the injured trucker was driving and the last involved in the wreck.

Updated at 6:18 p.m.