One Dead in Crashes Involving 20 Vehicles on I-65

All lanes of I-65 in Indiana's Jasper County have been reopened after three crashes involving a total of 20 cars shutdown the interstate on Saturday.

The crashes occurred around 7 a.m. near milepost 227, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Dan Leslie.

Northbound lanes of I-65 south of Roselawn in Jasper County were still closed for hours after the southbound lanes were reopened, said Leslie.

Drivers traveling southbound were routed off the interstate at exit 220 and travelers heading northbound were rerouted at exit 230, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation website.

One person was killed and two others seriously injured when a dozen vehicles were involved in two crashes in the northbound lanes, said Leslie.

About the same time, two seperate accidents took place in the southbound lane-- one involving six vehicled and two vehicles in the other lane, Leslie said. No serious injuries were reported in those crashes.

Reduced visibility caused by fog and also smoke from a nearby burning dairy barn apparently caused the crashes about 50 miles southeast of Chicago, Leslie said.

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