Freetown man dies in one-vehicle accident on I-65



A Freetown man died in an early-morning accident in the northbound lanes of I-65 near the 82-mile marker in Shelby County.

Indiana State Police were called to the accident at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, where a vehicle with two occupants had gone off the roadway.

Shelby County Sheriff deputies along with medics were first on the scene, and they immediately summoned a medical helicopter. Despite life-saving efforts, the driver, 41-year-old Kenneth Cubbage Jr. of Freetown was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner’s office, Indiana State Police said.

Cubbage’s mother, 62-year-old Connie Cubbage, a passenger, was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital by ambulance and is listed in in stable condition.

Trooper Aaron Smith said he is still unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle hit a tree and rolled several times. Kenneth Cubbage Jr. was wearing a seat belt, however his mother was unrestrained, state police said.

Both directions of I-65 were closed for a brief time, and the northbound lanes were affected for about two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.

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