Nashville woman in good condition after I-65 accident

Indiana State Police have identified a passenger injured in a fatal accident on Interstate 65 near the Columbus exit.

Barbara Brown, age 71, from Nashville, Indiana, a passenger Wednesday in a pickup truck caught between two semis in the accident, was listed Thursday in good condition at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

The driver of the pickup, Randall F. Brown, 52, also of Nashville, also was listed in good condition.

Indiana State Police said a second passenger, Melissa S. Morris, 48, of Nineveh, who was sitting in the rear seat of the pickup, died after the collision. State police initially had reported Morris’ city of residence as Nashville.

The accident occurred when a tanker truck behind Randall Brown’s pickup rear-ended the pickup as it had slowed for stopped traffic ahead from another accident. The force of the collision pushed the pickup into the back of another semi while the vehicles were on the bridge over State Road 46. The interstate was closed for about four hours after the accident.

In another serious accident that occurred Wednesday, two Elizabethtown residents remain hospitalized in Indianapolis.

William F. Francis, 72, was listed in critical condition Thursday, according to St. Vincent Hospital spokesman Ryan Moore. The driver — identified as Candace J. “Candy” Francis, 59 — was listed in good condition, Moore said.

Both were injured when their pickup truck veered off County Road 475S near their home and clipped a utility pole, causing the vehicle to flip onto its top, sheriff’s deputies said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.