4 hurt when van crashes on I-65


Tribune staff reports

A wreck on Interstate 65 near Jonesville left four people hurt and forced police to close northbound lanes while the wreckage was cleaned up.

The single-vehicle wreck, reported at 3:20 p.m. Sunday near the 57-mile marker, left Angela Wright, 60, of Chicago, trapped in the 2005 Chevrolet van she was driving, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Robert Hutson.

After she was removed from that van by Wayne Township firefighters, Wright was flown to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by IU Health LifeLine medical helicopter with a neck injury.

Hutson said the investigation showed the wreck began after a tire on the van blew out and Wright lost control of the vehicle. The van left the road and slammed into an embankment.

Three other people in the van were injured. Kenneth Wade Jr. 66, also of Chicago, was in the front passenger seat and received non-life-threatening injuries to his arms and legs. Seated behind him was Jabari Ware, 17, of Oak Park, Illinois, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his arms and legs. Kenneth Ware III, 28, of Calumet City, Illinois, who was seated in the back row of the van, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his arms and legs.

Ware’s two daughters, ages 4 and 6, were not injured during the crash.

With the exception of Wright, all others were taken to Columbus Regional Health for treatment.

Hutson said he believes the use of safety restraints by all of the occupants reduced the severity of the injuries during impact.

Hutson was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Brian Wilson, Master Trooper Tami Watson, Trooper Jacob Tolle, Master Trooper Ed Olibo, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Wehmiller, IU Health LifeLine helicopter, Columbus Regional Health Ambulance and 31 Wrecker Service.

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