4 people injured in Interstate 65 wreck

Staff reports

A Georgia man was flown to a Louisville hospital on Good Friday with serious injuries after a crash that also left three others hurt on Interstate 65 near Crothersville.

James Beard, 53, of Ray City sustained serious injuries after the 2009 Ford Escape he was driving north left the road near the 38-mile-marker, entered the median, struck the cable barrier and overturned before stopping, according to a report from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police.

Beard was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by StatFlight.

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Three passengers, Nicole Beard, 29, Hannah Beard, 5, and Marlee Beard, 1, all of Ray City, were treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services and taken to Scott Memorial Hospital, said Wheeles, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles.

He said the three had what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic in both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate was slowed for about two hours Friday afternoon because of the investigation and cleanup of the crash, Wheeles said. Others assisting at the scene included Jackson County Reserve Officer Scott Davis, Crothersville Officer Christopher Cooper, volunteers with Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department and Howard’s Wrecker Service of Crothersville.

Troopers also conducted a special patrol, targeting speeding and dangerous driving behaviors, on Good Friday on the interstate in Jackson and Bartholomew counties, he said.

During that two-hour period, troopers issued 48 citations and 28 warnings.