Scottsburg man flown from I-65 wreck at county line


A Scott County man was flown to a Louisville hospital for treatment of serious injuries following a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 at the Jackson-Scott county line, police report.

According to Indiana State Police Trooper Seth Davidson’s report, Robert L. Stidham, 62, of Scottsburg was driving a 2005 International dump truck south on the interstate around 12:30 p.m. today when the vehicle entered the median for an unknown reason.

The truck hit a guardrail before overturning near the 35-mile-marker, coming to rest on its side in the median, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Versailles Post.

Stidham had to be extricated from the truck by fire and ambulance personnel and then was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, to be treated for his injuries, Wheeles said.

Investigators believe Stidham may have suffered a medical episode, which may have been a contributing factor in the crash, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

The northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for nearly an hour for crash investigation and cleanup.

Troopers from the Versailles and Sellersburg posts were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Austin Police Department, Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, Scott County Emergency Medical Services, StatFlight and 31 Wrecker Service.

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