5 people injured in 5-vehicle crash that shut down I-65 in Columbus

5 people injured in 5-vehicle crash that shut down I-65 in Columbus
A total of five vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash. (Source: Indiana State Police)
A total of five vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash. (Source: Indiana State Police)

COLUMBUS, IN (WAVE) - Five people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday night in Columbus that closed southbound Interstate 65 for several hours.

Indiana State Police say a 1998 Peterbilt tractor driven by Robert Young Jr., 65, of Jamestown, OH was traveling south on I-65 near the 65 mile marker when it rear-ended a 1998 Chevy S-10 driven by Richard Blum, 62, of Goshen at 9:18 p.m. The green Chevy was pushed into the back of a 2013 Honda Civic driven by Erin Murphy, 23, of Seymour. Murphy's car slammed into the rear of a tractor trailer being operated by Azrikam Yisrael, 64, of Miami, FL. Police said Murphy's car became lodged under Yisrael's semi. The Peterbuilt tractor continued south on I-65 and rear-ended a 2014 double-trailer combination driven by Nicholas Prewitt, 52, of Seymour. The Peterbuilt came to rest across the lane divider, getting wedged between two of the other semis.

Young was trapped inside his tractor for some time and had to be extricated by Columbus Fire Department personnel. He was flown to Indianapolis where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Blum and his passenger, Linda Blum, 61, of Goshen, were taken by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital. Both of the Blums were treated for head lacerations.

Murphy was taken by a guardian to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour where she was treated for facial lacerations.

Yisrael was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital for head pain.

Prewitt did not report any injury.

I-65 was closed nearly three hours to attend to the injured and clear the wreckage.

The southbound left lane was closed at the time of the crash while a roving construction crew made road repairs.

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