SEYMOUR, Ind.–A fatal, two-vehicle accident near Seymour early Sunday morning closed both the southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 65 for several hours. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of Indiana State Police says that a truck driver, John Gaskin, 54, of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, was killed after his semi rear-ended another truck, driven by Abdulahi Afrae, 33, of Louisville, Ky., and caught fire. The blaze consumed Gaskin’s entire vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The collision occurred on I-65 south, near Mile Marker 53, and both lanes were closed for approximately six-and-a-half hours for crash investigation and cleanup. The northbound lanes of the interstate were also closed for approximately two hours while crews battled the vehicle fire.
Authorities at ISP say they believe the brake lights on Afrae’s semi may not have been working properly and could have been a contributing factor in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.