Gibson County Crash Leads to Semi-Truck Fire, Road Closure

According to the Gibson County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened just before 4:00 p.m Thursday.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 6:05 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 10:49 PM

Law enforcement agencies are investigating a crash that shut down a portion of Highway 41 in Gibson County Thursday evening, near Princeton.

According to the Gibson County Sheriff's Office, crews responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles including a semi that burst into flames. 

At one point, all four lanes of U.S. Highway 41 were closed north of the Toyota Indiana plant in Princeton.

Sheriff's deputies said the fiery crash happened near the storage units on 150 South. A traffic light was also knocked out of commission during the crash.

According to officials on scene, cars were stopped at a red light at the intersection, when the semi slammed into several cars before hitting a traffic light pole causing damage. 

Up to 6 cars were involved in the crash, most of them badly damaged and towed away from the scene. 

INDOT Southwest reported no fatalities. 

44 News spoke with one witness who said they consider the intersection dangerous and often see drivers run the red light. 

Crews were on scene for several hours investigating and clearing the wreckage, including putting up 2 temporary stop signs to replace the traffic lights at the intersection. 

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It was another cool, though overall pleasant day across the Tri-State - after only seeing temperatures dive as low as 22° early this morning, peak temperatures ended up climbing a few degrees higher than Thursday's; that being said, Evansville’s high temperature of 27° Was still 15° below average for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, temperatures will gradually fall for 23° around dinner time back down to 19° by10 PM. A weak northerly wind flow most of the night paired with our crystal clear skies will cause temperatures to of fall back down into the mid to low teens once again - Evansville's anticipated low temperature of 12° will mark or coolest since the morning of January 7th.
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