Seymour woman dies in two-vehicle wreck


A Seymour woman died after being involved in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 31 just north of the city.

Brianne N. Fluhr, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson County Deputy Coroner Roger Wheeler after Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Adam Nicholson and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel were unable to locate a pulse on her.

At 1:50 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s department received a 911 call reporting a wreck in the 5700 block of North U.S. 31. The caller advised there were two vehicles involved in the crash, and one vehicle had rolled several times, Nicholson said.

Nicholson responded to the scene and saw two vehicles off of the east side of U.S. 31 near the intersection of County Avenue. One vehicle was a black 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Loren A. Smith, 26, of Seymour. The other vehicle was a blue 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by Fluhr.

Fluhr’s vehicle had rolled several times during the accident and remained inverted, Nicholson said. He and Jackson County EMS personnel attended to Fluhr, while other EMS workers attended to Smith.

Smith was treated by EMS at the scene and refused any further medical attention at that time, Nicholson said. On Thursday evening, Smith went to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and was evaluated by medical staff. Smith was then transported by Jackson County EMS to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for a back injury. Smith was released from Methodist this morning.

An autopsy on Fluhr was scheduled for this morning by Dr. Wes Whitler.

The accident is still under investigation; however, it is perceived that Smith’s vehicle was northbound on U.S. 31 and Fluhr was traveling westbound on County Avenue, Nicholson said. Fluhr was attempting to drive across U.S. 31 onto County Road 560N and pulled out in front of Smith, Nicholson said.

Smith voluntarily submitted to a blood draw for toxicology, although impairment is not expected, Nicholson said.

Indiana State Police Trooper Matt Holley is assisting with the investigation and will be reconstructing the accident.

Also assisting at the scene were Chief Deputy Dustin Steward and officers Mitch Ray and Justin Amos with the sheriff’s department, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles and Senior Trooper Seth Davidson with ISP, Jackson County EMS, Seymour Fire Department, Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department and Indiana State Excise Police.

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