Tribune Staff Reports
A 52-year-old Jackson County man died Wednesday morning after the vehicle he was driving struck the rear end of a semitrailer stopped in traffic backed up on Interstate 65 near the Greenwood exit.
Tracy Bullard of Seymour died despite the lifesaving efforts of the first responder crews called to the scene of the crash in the northbound lanes of the interstate at the 99-mile-marker, according to a report from Sgt. John Perrine with the Indiana State Police Indianapolis Post.
Perrine said the investigation determined Bullard died after the 2015 Chevrolet passenger car he was driving struck the rear end of a semitrailer driven by Robert Coleman of Pennsylvania. Coleman was not injured in the crash, reported at about 7:35 a.m.
The force of the impact caused the car to go underneath the back of the semitrailer, which had been stopped due to a lengthy traffic backup, Perrine said.
Bullard was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash scene was cleared just after 10 a.m. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
The funeral service for Bullard, who was an account executive/sales director at AVI Foodsystems, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Point in Seymour. Pastor Steve Greene will be officiating the service, which will be conducted by Voss & Sons Funeral Service.
Family and friends may call from noon until time of service Saturday at The Point.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Bullard, and children, Ellen Tracy Bullard, Brenna Bechelli and Brett Bechelli. For the full obituary, check Page A5.