Crash on I-65 near Franklin Claims the Life of a Three-Year-Old Child

Franklin, IN – This morning, at approximately 9:47 a.m., Indiana State Police Dispatchers received an emergency call about a vehicle that was disabled partially in the left lane of I-65 northbound near the 86 mile marker. As police were responding to assist, dispatchers began receiving numerous calls about a serious crash at the same location. When emergency responders arrived they located a young child entrapped in a car seat in back seat of a heavily damaged passenger car. The child was extricated and emergency life saving efforts ensued. The child was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased. Two adults were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 

A Preliminary investigation was conducted on scene by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists. It was determined a passenger car had pulled to the left side of the roadway and stopped for unknown reasons, that vehicle was partially in the left lane. A northbound pick-up truck struck the rear end of the stationary car. The driver of the car and the driver of the pick-up truck both suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly four hours while the crash was investigated and wreckage was removed. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time. 

The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Fire Department, SEALS Ambulance Service, the Indiana Department of Transportation. 

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