5 hurt in I-65 chain-reaction wreck

Tribune Staff Reports

A motorist was flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital Monday afternoon after she was injured in a three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 just south of the Jonesville exit.

The name of the woman and the extent of her injuries were not available at press time, though a state trooper said at the scene that her injuries were “serious.”

Four other people with non-life-threatening injuries were taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services following the chain-reaction wreck. The names, ages, addresses and extent of their injuries also were not available.

The wreck was reported at 4:13 p.m. near the State Road 11 ramp to the southbound lanes of the interstate.

At the scene, the three vehicles, which all were traveling south, could be seen damaged. The vehicles involved included a semitrailer, which had been hit by a van. A green Honda Civic, driven by the woman, was almost underneath the van.

The woman had to be cut out of the Honda by firefighters and other rescue personnel, who used the Jaws of Life to remove the roof and driver’s side door. She was flown north by a Statflight helicopter, which landed on I-65 near the crash site.

The wreck led to the closure of the southbound lanes of the interstate at the 55-mile marker. That traffic was diverted south on State Road 11 to Burkart Boulevard and then to Tipton Street back to the interstate.