Two people are dead and two others critically injured after two semis crashed Thursday afternoon on southbound Interstate 69 near the 316 mile marker.
A white semi was stopped on the side of the road, being serviced by a local roadside assistance company, when it was struck in the side by a driver hauling an empty car trailer at around 1:15 p.m., said Allen County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Tinkel.
It was unclear which vehicles the victims were in or near. One person was dead at the scene and another died later at a hospital. A fifth person involved was uninjured. Police shut down the southbound lanes at Union Chapel Road to cut off access to the crash scene at the 316.4 mile marker by Parkview Regional Medical Center at Dupont Road.
Traffic headed southbound was diverted at the Union Chapel Road Exit 317. That southbound traffic reportedly was backed up into DeKalb County at 3:30 p.m. As of 3:30 p.m., an Indiana Department of Transportation unit foreman on-site estimated the road would be closed for at least another two hours, according to Mary Foster, INDOT spokeswoman.
The first lane of southbound traffic at the crash site was reopened to traffic at about 4 p.m.