BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Interstate 65 southbound at the 68 mile marker was momentarily shut down due to a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Indiana State Police, the fatal three car crash occurred just after 12 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said traffic had been slowed in the area due to a previous overturned semi near the 64 mile marker.
A semi headed southbound, driven by 35-year-old Charledrix Green, began to slow down for the already stopped traffic. Another vehicle traveling southbound, a 2006 Chevy Silverado driven by Randall Brown, 52, coming up behind Green also slowed. However, a 2011 Volvo truck, driven by 54-year-old Jon Harris, coming up on the Silverado, was unable to stop and struck the vehicle.
The collision sent Brown’s Silverado into the rear of Green’s semi. As a result of crash, Brown and passenger, 47-year-old Melissa Morris, became entrapped in the vehicle.
Morris sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene by Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office.
After nearly an hour, the Columbus Fire Department was able to free Brown and an unidentified passenger from the vehicle. They were then taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital with life threatening injuries.
Green, the driver, his passenger and Harris were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for over four hours during cleanup and an crash investigation.
Alcohol and drugs are not thought to have played a factor in the fatal accident.
The crash remains under investigation.