WARREN, Ind. (WFFT) — Police are investigating a fiery morning crash on a highway involving a semi-truck leaving one person dead and another seriously injured.
Just after 7 a.m. Thursday, the Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police were called to Interstate 69 in Huntington County near mile marker 271 regarding a crash.
Photo courtesy of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department.
State troopers said the driver of the semi was pronounced dead at the scene by medics and a passenger was flown to a hospital to be treated for her life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said the truck's passenger was ejected from the vehicle and found in debris by motorists who were passing by and they pulled her to safety before EMS arrived.
According to Huntington deputies, the semi was hauling aluminum ingots and left the road into the grass median, just south of the State Road 5 overpass as it crashed into the center bridge support column.
I-69 was closed in both directions for approximately five hours before the northbound lane was reopened.
As of 11:48 a.m., the Huntington County Sheriff's Department said the northbound lanes of I-69 at mile 272 is now open.
As of 1:20 p.m., both southbound lanes were open with traffic slowly moving as crews worked to clean up the area.
This crash remains under investigation by authorities in Huntington County.