Tuesday morning, at approximately 12:30 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on I-65 southbound at exit 50 which claimed the life of a Louisville, Kentucky man.
The initial investigation by Trp. Korry Clark and the Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team determined that a 2014 Freightliner truck pulling a box trailer being driven by James H. Foster, age 65, Louisville, Kentucky was traveling southbound in the right lane of I-65 approaching exit 50.
For an unknown reason, Foster did not change lanes to avoid an Indiana Department of Transportation 2008 International dump truck that was parked in the right lane of southbound I-65.
The Indiana Department of Transportation truck was unoccupied and was providing lane blockage for crews who were doing repairs to the I-65 overpass over US 50. The INDOT vehicle had red and yellow flashing lights as well as a flashing arrow board at the time of the crash.
After striking the INDOT vehicle, Foster lost control of his vehicle. His vehicle overturned and came to rest partially on the roadway. Foster suffered fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Jackson County Coroner Michael Bobb. There were no other injuries in the crash.
Foster, who drove for Summit Trucking, was hauling approximately 35,000 pounds of frozen food at the time of the crash. The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately six hours for crash investigation and cleanup. Crews had to offload the frozen food from the trailer by hand prior to up righting the vehicle.
I-65 southbound traffic was diverted at exit 64 in Bartholomew County over to US 31 to Seymour before being able to return to I-65 at exit 50.
The investigation is ongoing. Foster’s family has been notified.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Seymour Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, Jackson County Coroner’s Office, and 31 Wrecker Service.