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Indy man dead; van went wrong way on Interstate 65

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A Indianapolis man was killed in a head-on crash with a semi-trailer on Interstate 65 Monday night.
Lee Wayne Oliphant, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Johnson County Coroner's Office after his van struck a semi-trailer on I-65. The accident occurred at the 85 mile-marker, about half way between Franklin and Edinburgh.


Oliphant's van was traveling the wrong way in the southbound lane, struck a semi-trailer head on and burst into flames at 10:33 p.m., according a news release from Indiana State Police.

Oliphant was killed in the accident. The driver of the semi, Mark A. Thornberry, 59, Indianapolis, was transferred to Franciscan St. Francis Hospital and treated for minor injuries, state police said.

The accident closed all lanes of I-65 while police and fire departments worked at the scene. Northbound lanes reopened at 4 a.m. Tuesday and southbound lanes reopened about 6 a.m.Traffic was diverted to U.S. 31 while the interstate was closed.

Multiple local police and fire departments were called in to help. Hazardous material teams were called in to clean up fuel and other automotive fluids that spilled during the accident, Amity Fire Chief Brockman said.

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