State police revise fatal accident details

Indiana State Police have corrected the details surrounding a fatal accident Monday in the southbound lanes of I-65 near the 58 mile marker.

The accident claimed the life of a pedestrian, Jarlene Hargrove, 31, Cincinnati, Ohio, who walked into the southbound lane for an unknown reason after her vehicle went in the median. Hargrove was pronounced dead at the scene by Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting.

Police have since learned that they switched the two semi drivers listed in their account who were also involved in the accident, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

While Hargrove was standing in the southbound lanes of I-65, she was struck by a 2015 Volvo pulling a trailer, driven by Christopher A. House, 44, Bardstown, Kentucky, Wheeles said.

A 2016 Freightliner pulling a trailer, being driven by James E. Gause, Jr., 49, Marion, South Carolina then struck the rear of House’s vehicle, Wheeles said.

Police were sent to the scene at 3:30 a.m. Monday, which is at the north end of a construction zone where an Indiana Department of Transportation contractor is widening I-65 from two lanes to three from Walesboro to Seymour.

It is the sixth fatality in the construction zone since work began on the project, according to state statistics.

Neither Gause nor House were injured in the crash. Toxicology results on Hargrove, Gause, and House are all pending at this time and the investigation is ongoing, state police said.

The southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.