Semitrailer wreck stalls traffic on I-65

A wreck involving two semitrailers Tuesday afternoon created traffic woes for motorists traveling north on Interstate 65 near Seymour, police report.

The wreck involved a 2012 Volvo truck driven by 35-year-old Aleksey Afonin of Auburn, Wash., and a 2013 Mack truck driven by 61-year-old Clarence Sherrod of Indianapolis, according to a report from Master Trooper Kevin Riordan.

No one was injured in the wreck, reported at about 1:15 p.m., but traffic was

restricted to one lane near the 53-mile marker for nearly four hours, and both lanes had to be closed for about an hour so Sherrod’s overturned trailer could be up-righted. Sherrod was driving a United Parcel Service truck.

Riordan said the wreck began when an air-ride suspension failure occurred on Afonin’s semitrailer.

Sherrod swerved to avoid crashing into the second semi, but that caused the rear unit of his tandem trailer to roll into the median, striking the cable barrier. The trailer then came back across the roadway and struck the cab of Alfonin’s tractor, blocking the right lane.

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