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Charles W. Burton, 28, of Tell City, Airlifted Following I-65 Crash

Indiana State Police sent this bulletin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 11:36 PM EDT



Seymour – Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 4:00 pm, the Indiana State Police was called to a five vehicle personal injury crash on I-65 Southbound near the 48-mile marker in Jackson County, Indiana. One driver was flown to a Louisville hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

The initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley indicated that traffic on I-65 Southbound was backed up due to an earlier vehicle fire on I-65 Southbound near the 41-mile marker. Despite troopers sitting at the rear of the traffic backup with emergency lights displayed, a 1998 Kenworth tractor-trailer being driven by Charles W. Burton, age 28, Tell City, Indiana did not slow for the stopped traffic.

Burton’s vehicle struck the rear of a 2015 Ford van being driven by Michael E. Kleitz, age 38, New Albany, Indiana. The collision forced Kleitz’ vehicle off the roadway where it overturned. Burton’s vehicle continued southbound where it struck the rear of a 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer being driven by Darrel R. Ashby, age 66, Lebanon, Virginia. The force of the collision forced Ashby’s vehicle into the rear of a 2017 Mack tractor-trailer being driven by Victor Jones, age 54, Clarksville, Tennessee. Jones’ vehicle was then pushed into a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer being driven by Larry S. Grover, age 50, Harrison, Michigan.

Burton was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated from his vehicle by the Seymour Fire Department. He was then flown to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for the treatment of serious injuries. All other drivers involved in the crash were treated and released at the scene.

Southbound lanes of I-65 were shut down for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The investigation is ongoing.

Trp. Holley was assisted by numerous other troopers with the Indiana State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, PHI Medical Helicopter, and 31 Wrecker Service.

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Charles W. Burton, 28, of Tell City, Airlifted Following I-65 Crash

Indiana State Police sent this bulletin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 11:36 PM EDT



Seymour – Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 4:00 pm, the Indiana State Police was called to a five vehicle personal injury crash on I-65 Southbound near the 48-mile marker in Jackson County, Indiana. One driver was flown to a Louisville hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.

The initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley indicated that traffic on I-65 Southbound was backed up due to an earlier vehicle fire on I-65 Southbound near the 41-mile marker. Despite troopers sitting at the rear of the traffic backup with emergency lights displayed, a 1998 Kenworth tractor-trailer being driven by Charles W. Burton, age 28, Tell City, Indiana did not slow for the stopped traffic.

Burton’s vehicle struck the rear of a 2015 Ford van being driven by Michael E. Kleitz, age 38, New Albany, Indiana. The collision forced Kleitz’ vehicle off the roadway where it overturned. Burton’s vehicle continued southbound where it struck the rear of a 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer being driven by Darrel R. Ashby, age 66, Lebanon, Virginia. The force of the collision forced Ashby’s vehicle into the rear of a 2017 Mack tractor-trailer being driven by Victor Jones, age 54, Clarksville, Tennessee. Jones’ vehicle was then pushed into a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer being driven by Larry S. Grover, age 50, Harrison, Michigan.

Burton was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated from his vehicle by the Seymour Fire Department. He was then flown to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for the treatment of serious injuries. All other drivers involved in the crash were treated and released at the scene.

Southbound lanes of I-65 were shut down for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The investigation is ongoing.

Trp. Holley was assisted by numerous other troopers with the Indiana State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, Seymour Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, PHI Medical Helicopter, and 31 Wrecker Service.

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ISP Conducting Death Investigation Near Crothersville

May 13, 2017, 2:03 PM

Crothersville – On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Indiana State Police responded to a report of a deceased person at a residence on County Road 500 South, just north of Crothersville, Indiana.  During the course of the investigation, a Crothersville woman was arrested for Obstruction of Justice.

The investigation, being conducted by Indiana State Police Detectives, began around 10:00 am, when troopers were called to the address of 10806 East County Road 500 South after a family member found Clarence Howard, age 51, deceased inside the home.  During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Mattie Kendall, age 26, Crothersville, IN altered the scene and left residence before detectives could speak with her.

Kendall was later found to be walking along I-65 near Crothersville.  After speaking with detectives, Kendall was arrested on a charge of Obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony.  She was transported to the Jackson County Jail to await her initial court appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

An autopsy was conducted on Clarence Howard.  The autopsy and toxicology results are pending at this time for final determination of the cause of death.  Foul play is not suspected in his death at this time.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

SOURCE: Indiana State Police

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Alexander Ferenczy III, 68, of Bloomington, Rescued from Floodwaters



Monday, May 8, 2017, 1:26 PM

Jackson County – Sunday, shortly before 3:00 pm, a trooper from the Indiana State Police as well as officers from three additional agencies worked together to successfully rescue a Bloomington, Indiana man who was trapped in his vehicle that had been swept off the roadway.

Alexander Ferenczy III, age 68, Bloomington, Indiana initially called 9-1-1 to report that his vehicle has stalled in flood waters on County Road 50 North near County Road 950 East in eastern Jackson County. Trp. Christopher Lockman, along with officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, and the Indiana Conservation Officers responded to assist. By the time rescuers could arrive, Ferenczy’s 2015 Ford van had been swept off the roadway by the water.

Trp. Lockman, who is a member of the Indiana State Police Department’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team, determined that a water rescue was necessary prior to a rescue boat arriving due to the water rising on the vehicle. Trp. Lockman donned his swift water rescue gear and entered the water while connected to a line that was being manned by the other officers on scene.

Trp. Lockman was able to successfully reach the vehicle that was located approximately 300 feet from dry land. Trp. Lockman was able to attach a personal flotation device to Ferenczy and conducted a water rescue carry of Ferenczy, who was not able to walk due to a prior medical condition. Trp. Lockman, as well as the other officers, removed Ferenczy from the water and began administering first aid. Ferenczy was then transported to Schneck Medical Center by Jackson County EMS for further evaluation.

Trp. Lockman was assisted by Deputy Rob Henley, Reserve Deputies Charlie Murphy and Greg Murphy, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Officer J L McElfresh, Crothersville Police Department, and Conservation Officer Blake Everhart.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind people to avoid driving on roadways that are covered by water. A small amount of moving water is capable of sweeping a heavy vehicle off the roadway. “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Versailles District 42

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James Beard, 53, of Ray City, Georgia, Seriously Injured in I-65 Crash in Southern Indiana



Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:25 PM

Today, Easter weekend traffic kept troopers from the Versailles Post busy on I-65 in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties.

This morning, troopers conducted a special holiday patrol on I-65 in both counties.  The special patrols were aimed at targeting those drivers that were speeding or exhibiting dangerous driving behaviors.  During a two-hour period, troopers issued 48 citations and 28 warnings.  During the patrols, one arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

This afternoon, troopers responded to a personal injury crash on I-65 near the 38-mile marker in Jackson County.  The initial investigation by Sgt. Stephen Wheeles indicated that a 2009 Ford Escape being driven by James Beard, age 53, Ray City, Georgia was traveling northbound on I-65 near the 38-mile marker when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway and entered the median of I-65.  After entering the median, the vehicle struck the cable barrier before overturning and coming to a stop.

As a result of the collision, Beard sustained serious injuries and was flown by StatFlight Medical Helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.  Passengers in the vehicle, Nicole Beard, age 29, Hannah Beard, age 5, and Marlee Beard, age one, all of Ray City, Georgia were transported by Jackson County EMS to Scott County Memorial Hospital for the treatment of their injuries.  Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

As a result of the crash, I-65 Southbound was closed for approximately one hour.  Both directions of I-65 remained slow for two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.  During the investigation, troopers re-routed southbound traffic at Uniontown.

The crash remains under investigation.

Sgt. Wheeles was assisted by numerous other troopers with the Indiana State Police, Crothersville Police Officer Christopher Cooper, Jackson County Reserve Deputy Scott Davis, Jackson County EMS, Crothersville Fire Department, StatFlight Medical Helicopter, and Howard’s Wrecker Service.

SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Versailles District 42

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