Published On: Wed, Oct 24th, 2018

Rush Hour Crash and Fire Closes I-69 South Bound

Rush Hour Crash and Fire Closes I-69 South Bound.Madison County – A crash and vehicle fire on I-69 south bound at the 223 mile marker had both lanes of I-69 south bound blocked for hours as crews worked to clean up the vehicles and replace guard rail in the construction zone that was damaged.

Around 5:46 p.m. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Trooper Al Willis responded to a report of an overturned box truck that was on fire.  He arrived to find that a Penske rental box truck, which was pulling a car on a trailer, had run off the right side of the road, over an embankment and overturned at the 223 mile marker before catching fire.

The driver of that truck, Robert Koths, age 55 of Dearborn, Michigan and his passenger, had gotten out of the truck with only minor injuries. South bound traffic had to be diverted off onto SR 109 at the 226 mile marker, as fire crews worked to put out the fire, then wreckers worked to remove the destroyed vehicles. I-69 south bound lanes were finally reopened a little after 11 p.m.

Troopers were assisted by INDOT, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Madison County EMA, Anderson Fire and EMS, as well as Garner’s Towing and Recovery.

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