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Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018 - - - This post has 361 views
Weekend Fiery Crash Kills Semi Driver on I-65 in Southern, Indiana
Seymour-This morning, at approximately 1:30 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on I-65 Southbound near the 53 mile marker in Jackson County, Indiana. A Michigan man died as a result of the crash. The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for over six hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
The initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley indicated that a 2007 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, being driven by Abdulahi A. Afrah, age 33, Louisville, Kentucky was traveling southbound in the right lane of I-65 near the 53 mile marker. A 2015 Freightliner pulling a box trailer, being driven by John A. Gaskin, age 54, Sainte Marie, Michigan, that was also traveling southbound on I-65, collided with the back of Afrah’s trailer. The investigation has determined that Afrah’s vehicle may not have had working taillights which was a contributing factor in the crash.
As a result of the collision, Gaskin’s vehicle caught fire and burned in the southbound lanes of I-65. Gaskin received fatal injuries in the collision. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Afrah was not injured in the crash.
As a result of the crash, the northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately two hours while crews battled the vehicle fire. The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately six and a half hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
Part of the load of bagged charcoal in Afrah’s vehicle was released from the trailer during the crash. The load in Gaskin’s trailer was a total loss.
Toxicology results on Afrah are pending at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
The Gaskin family has been notified.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, Seymour Fire Department, Vernon Township Fire Department, and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.
Press release from Indiana State Police.