Tribune staff reports

Two people were injured in a wreck caused by a tarp lying across the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 at Seymour, police reported.

The wreck, reported at 10:15 a.m. Friday, left Trevor M. Thain, 23, of Fort Wayne hospitalized at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with what police say are non-life-threatening injuries.

Jeffrey T. Morris, 23, of North Vernon also was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and was expected to be released after a short time, according to a report from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles. Wheeles is the public information officer for the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles.

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Wheeles said the wreck occurred as Morris drove south on the interstate just past the U.S. 50 interchange and swerved to miss a large tarp lying on the road. Morrison lost control of the 2002 Ford Explorer, which rolled several times into the median, Wheeles said.

Thain, a front-seat passenger in the vehicle, was trapped and had to be freed by rescue workers, including Seymour firefighters. He was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel. He later was flown to Methodist by air ambulance.

Three other passengers in the vehicle, Cassie M. Garrard, 24, of Crown Point, Lyndi A. Martin, 21, of Lafayette and Madeline C. Miller, 23, of Fort Wayne, suffered minor injuries but refused treatment, Wheeles said.

The vehicle that possibly lost the tarp was not located, Wheeles reported, but the investigation is ongoing.

Wheeles was assisted at the scene by other troopers from the Versailles Post, officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and 31 Wrecker.