100-year-old woman dies in wreck

Tribune staff reports

Falling temperatures and light snow may have played a role in a wreck Sunday on Interstate 65 near Crothersville that left a 100-year-old woman dead.

Eleanor Burklow of Portage, Michigan, was pronounced dead by Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler at the scene of the wreck near the 36-mile marker, according to a report from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police.

Two other people, Richard Gulbis, 75, and his wife, Sharon Gulbis, 72, both of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were injured in the single-vehicle wreck and taken to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, with serious injuries, said Wheeles, who is the public information officer for the Versailles Post. Sharon Gulbis is the daughter of Burklow.

The initial investigation by Master Trooper Rick Hewitt indicated Richard Gulbis was driving a 2006 Buick Rendezvous southbound on the interstate near the Crothersville exit when he lost control of the sport utility vehicle. The vehicle left the west side of the roadway and overturned.

The investigation is ongoing, Wheeles said.

Hewitt was assisted by Trooper Robert Hutson, officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel.