JACKSON COUNTY — A police officer suffered serious injuries Friday when his cruiser was involved in a crash with a truck.
Photos from the scene show the police car along the side of the highway, upside down and with its roof crushed.
It happened Friday morning in the northbound lanes of Interstate-65 in Jackson County, about 65-miles south of Indianapolis.
According to an Indiana State Police public information officer, two Crothersville police officers were providing traffic control for a highway maintenance crew that was working on I-65. The police vehicles were blocking both northbound lanes of I-65 with their emergency lights activated.
45-year-old Officer Michael Weiler was in the right lane in a marked Ford Crown Victoria. A semi being driven by an Indianapolis man, was traveling in the right lane of I-65 northbound approaching the police vehicles.
The truck collided with the rear of Weiler’s vehicle, pushing it off the road where it overturned, coming to rest on its top. The semi went into the median, struck the cable barrier and came to a stop.
Officer Weiler was rescued from his car and flown from the scene to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. The trucker was not hurt.
Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors although toxicology results are pending.
The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed while police investigated the accident and the highway was cleared of debris.
The Crothersville Police Department announced that a prayer circle for the officer is planned for 8 p.m. Friday at the police department, 404 Moore Street.
Additional information on the officer's condition will be reported when made available by police.