Elizabethtown man dies in early morning Jackson County accident

SEYMOUR, Ind. — An Elizabethtown man was killed early Friday morning in Jackson County in a one-vehicle crash south of Seymour.

Indiana State Police were sent to County Road 1000E near County Road 250 North just before 8 a.m.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles Indiana State Police-Versailles Post, said a black 2005 Saturn passenger car, being driven by Daniel L. Sallee, 63, was traveling south on County Road 1000E, a couple miles south of Seymour.  Evidence at the scene indicated that Sallee’s vehicle was traveling in excess of the posted speed limit when it approached a southbound Seymour Community Schools’ bus that was stopped in the roadway to pick up students from a residence, Wheeles said.  The warning lights on the bus were activated at the time and the stop arm was extended.

Sallee applied the brakes and took evasive action to avoid striking the bus. His vehicle left the roadway before overturning, Wheeles said.

The school bus was not involved in the crash. Neither the bus driver nor the students boarding the bus were injured. Sallee sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, Wheeles said.

Sallee was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred which contributed to the injuries he received, Wheeles said.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash although toxicology results are pending at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.  Sallee’s family has been notified.

Sgt. Wheeles was assisted by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, Jackson County Fire Departments, Jackson County Coroner’s Office, and Hampton’s Towing.