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This morning before 10:00 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on US 31, just north of Seymour, Indiana that claimed the life of a Seymour woman.

The initial investigation by Sergeant Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police-Versailles District Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a blue 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser, being driven by Debra J. Wetzel, age 61, Seymour, IN was southbound on US 31, just south of County Road 700 North.

For an unknown reason, Wetzel’s vehicle left the west side of the roadway.  Wetzel’s vehicle then crossed back across both lanes before leaving the east side of the roadway. 

After leaving the roadway, Wetzel’s vehicle struck a tree before coming to a stop. 

Wetzel sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  She was pronounced deceased upon arrival at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

The investigation determined that Wetzel was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.  Toxicology results are pending but neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected as being factors in the crash.

Sgt. Wheeles was assisted by Troopers Seth Davidson and Chris Lockman, Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, Jackson County EMS, Seymour Fire Department, Redding Township Fire Department, Jackson County Coroner’s Office, and 31 Wrecker Service.