A Seymour man was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Wednesday shortly after 3 a.m.on I-65 in the southbound lane near the 57.5 mile marker.
According to Indiana State Trooper Michael Thiron, a 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by 19-year-old Nikson Cribs, of Seymour, was traveling southbound in the left lane of I-65 and at an extremely slow speed, possibly due to vehicle trouble.
Police say a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by 21-year-old Coleden Hoeltke, of Columbus, was also traveling southbound on I-65 when Hoeltke’s vehicle struck the rear of Cribs’ vehicle.
As a result of the collision, Cribs died from his injuries at the scene.
Hoeltke, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment
Toxicology results are pending on both drivers however drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash at this time.
As a result of the crash, all lanes of southbound I-65 were closed for close to two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
Trooper Thiron was assisted by Trooper Brent Lykins, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Regional EMS, Wayne Township Fire Department, Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office, West Towing, and Columbus Towing.
The investigation is ongoing.