Man killed while crossing interstate early Saturday

A 52-year-old man crossing Interstate 65 at Seymour on foot died Saturday when he was struck by a semitrailer in the southbound lanes.

John Wade Adams of Seymour was thrown more than 100 feet after being struck by a semitrailer being driven by Sead Hadziefendic, 52, of Louisville, Kentucky, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. The incident, reported at 3:18 a.m., was investigated by Officer Jesse Hutchinson, assisted by Reserve Officer Scott Davis.

Family members told police Adams was walking back to his residence at a motel on the east side of interstate after receiving some money from a family member who works at a factory, police said.

Hadziefendic told police he was driving in the passing lane when Adams crossed in front of him and he was unable to avoid hitting him. The impact threw Adams over the cable barrier into the median along the northbound lanes. Toxicology screenings will be conducted on Adams and Hadziefendic, police said.

County officers Rob Henley and Jeff Walters along with state trooper and Seymour officers assisted at the crash scene.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.