I-69 reopens after semi drives off bridge

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A semi driver was taken to the hospital after his rig veered off an overpass and crashed into supports of an under-construction span in southern Allen County.

The semi crash happened around 5:30 Tuesday morning.  The crash closed the northbound lanes of I-69 near the Huntington County and Allen County line at the 293 mile marker for more than five hours before it was reopened around 11 a.m.

The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital in critical condition. As of Tuesday afternoon, his condition has not improved.

No construction workers were on the scene when the crash happened.

INDOT was on the scene to assess damage to bridge supports where the crash took place. Bridge inspectors gave the bridge traffic runs on the all clear.

“Once that was completed we moved our attention to the bridge under construction and we are still assessing those damages and determining how to move forward with that project,” INDOT Spokesperson Nichole Hacha-Thomas said.

Officials with Homeland Security were also on scene to clean up vehicle fluids that spilled.

Details as to what caused the crash are still not known.

INDOT wants to remind drivers to use caution in construction zones.

“We really just want to remind drivers to pay close attention and follow directions posted on the signs for both their safety and the safety of our workers,” Hacha-Thomas said.