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Trucker crashes through I-65 safety cables

A tractor tralier driver crashed through heavy duty median cable barriers on Interstate 65 Wednesday night, about two miles north of the Rensselaer/Remington exit.

A 2008 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Bobby Gill Jr., 39 of Gary, was southbound on I-65 when it hit the cable barriers that were strung across southbound I-65 lanes and were still attached to the truck. Gill lost control and the Impala struck the underside of the Freightliner’s trailer. 

A preliminary investigation by State Trooper Dennis Simcoe revealed that at 8:16 p.m., a 2011 Freightliner, driven by Linwood Uhler, 64 of Carthage, Mo., was northbound on I-65 in the left lane when for unknown reasons left the roadway.

The truck went off the road, into the grassy median, through the median cable barriers and up onto southbound I-65 traveling across both lanes. It came to rest (upright) on the outer shoulder of southbound I-65 facing north. 

Uhler was medically released at the scene and Gill was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rennselaer with non-life threatening injuries to his arms. 

The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for two hours to remove the cable from the semi and the interstate. 

The state installed the safety cables along the 30-miles stretch of the highway in 2011. They were supposed to prevent vehicles from hitting oncoming traffic.



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