A southern Indiana police officer was seriously hurt when a semi truck crashed into his cruiser early Friday morning on Interstate 65.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, the crash involving a Crothersville Police vehicle happened just before 6 a.m. Friday on I-65 north in Jackson County, near Seymour, Indiana.
ISP’s initial investigation into the crash determined two Crothersville Police officers in separate vehicles were blocking both northbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 44 to control traffic for a maintenance crew. Both vehicles had their emergency lights on, Wheeles said in a news release.
A semi truck approached in the right northbound lane and crashed into the back of one of the police vehicles, which ISP said was occupied by Officer Michael A. Weiler, 45.
The crash caused the police vehicle to flip and rest on the side of the interstate after it was hit by the semi. The semi ended up in the median up against the cable barriers.
Weiler, a five-year veteran of the department, was was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis with what ISP described as serious injuries.
Beacham, the semi truck driver, was not injured, according to Wheeles. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash, but toxicology results are pending.
Authorities’ investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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