Semi crash in Jackson County claims life of Michigan man

A Michigan man was killed early Sunday morning after a two-vehicle crash on I-65 in Jackson County. Authorities say the lack of working tail lights on one of the vehicles may have played a role in the crash.

Indiana State Police say that at about 1:30 a.m., troopers responded to the crash on southbound I-65 near the 53 mile marker. The initial investigation indicated that a semi trailer, being driven by Abdulahi A. Afrah, of Louisville, was traveling southbound in the right lane when a semi driven by John A. Gaskin, of Sainte Marie, MI, collided with the back of Afrah’s trailer. Troopers say that Afrah’s vehicle may not have had working tail lights.

As a result of the collision, Gaskin’s vehicle caught fire and burned in the southbound lanes of I-65. Gaskin was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Afrah was not injured.

As a result of the crash, the northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately two hours while crews battled the vehicle fire. The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately six-and-a-half hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

Part of the load of bagged charcoal in Afrah’s vehicle was released from the trailer during the crash. The load in Gaskin’s trailer was a total loss.

Toxicology results on Afrah are pending and the investigation is ongoing.