Officer uninjured when his parked vehicle hit on the interstate


A Jackson County officer sitting in his vehicle escaped injury when it was hit by second vehicle Friday morning at the site of an earlier crash on Interstate 65 near Crothersville.

Officer Jordan Hawn was blocking the right northbound lane of the interstate near the 37½ mile marker with his 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe when it was struck in the rear by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Evan Elkins, 25, of Louisville, Kentucky, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police.

Hawn’s vehicle came to a stop in the right lane of northbound I-65 while Evans’ vehicle continue into the median and came to a stop. Evans was not injured in the wreck, reported at about 6 a.m.

Hawn’s vehicle was blocking the right lane of I-65 while a wrecker company was removing a commercial motor vehicle involved in a crash earlier in the morning, said Wheeles, who is the public information officer for the Versailles Post.

The right lane of northbound was closed for most of the morning for crash cleanup and investigation.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected in the crash initially investigated by Trooper David Owsley.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation, which is on-going.

The state police would like to remind everyone state law requires motorists to yield to emergency vehicles who have emergency lights activated. This law also requires motorists to change lanes or slow for ambulance, fire trucks, highway maintenance vehicles, and tow trucks.

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