Man killed in I-65 crash


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An Indianapolis man was killed in a fiery head-on crash with a semitrailer rig after police said he was going the wrong way on Interstate 65 on Monday night.

Lee Wayne Oliphant, 67, died after his van struck a semitrailer rig on I-65. The accident happened at 10:33 p.m. at the 85-mile marker, about halfway between Franklin and Edinburgh.

Oliphant’s van was traveling the wrong way in the southbound lane, struck a semitrailer rig head on, and burst into flames at 10:33 p.m., according to a news release from Indiana State Police. Both vehicles slid into the grassy median after the impact, Amity Fire Chief Jackie Brockman said.

Police do not know where Oliphant crossed into oncoming traffic or how long he had been traveling the wrong way, said Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Myers. Police also did not know where Oliphant was coming from or heading to, Myers said.

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