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This morning, at approximately 10:00, am, the Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-65 Southbound near the 38-mile marker in Jackson County that sent two people to a Scott County hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The initial investigation by Trooper Tia Hunt, Indiana State Police-Versailles, began when troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-65 Southbound near the 38-mile marker that occurred in the backup from a previous crash that occurred at approximately 6:00 am. 

In the earlier crash, investigated by Trooper David Owsley, a southbound tractor-trailer left the west side of I-65 and collided with a guardrail before coming to rest off the roadway after colliding with trees. The driver of that single-vehicle crash was not injured.

As a result of the first crash, traffic was backed up for the removal of the vehicle. 

A 2016 Freightliner pulling a trailer, being driven by Hal E. Hash, age 48, Corbin, Kentucky was slowed in the left lane of I-65 Southbound near the 38-mile marker. 

A 2017 Jeep Wrangler, being driven by Connie A. Anderson, age 46, Crothersville, Indiana failed to slow for the stopped traffic.  Anderson’s vehicle collided with the back of Hash’s trailer.  Anderson’s vehicle entered the median before coming to rest.

Anderson was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  A six-year-old female backseat passenger in Anderson’s vehicle sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

She was also transported to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

The investigation also determined that the proper use of seatbelts kept both Anderson and the child from sustaining more serious and possibly life-threatening injuries.

During the crash investigation, I-65 Southbound was closed for nearly two hours. 

During the closure, traffic was diverted off I-65 at exit 41.  Traffic was detoured onto US 31 Southbound from I-65.

Both crashes remain under investigation.  Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in either crash.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Vernon Township Fire Department, and 31 Wrecker Service.