Local woman seriously injured in I-65 accident

A Columbus woman was seriously injured in this one-vehicle accident on I-65 in southern Jackson County on Saturday afternoon.

Indiana State Police troopers from the Versailles Post are investigating a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 in southern Jackson County Saturday that resulted in a Columbus woman being airlifted from the scene with serious injuries.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, state police reported a 2007 Dodge driven by Edward D.E. Garrett, 32, of Columbus was traveling north on I-65 near the 42 mile marker, north of Crothersville, when for an unknown reason, he lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle left the road and rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its top, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, the public information officer with the Versailles Post.

Garrett was not injured in the crash, but his 32-year-old wife, Valerie Garrett, was entrapped in the vehicle with possible serious injuries, he said.

The Seymour Fire Department extricated her from the vehicle, and she was flown from the scene for further treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Wheeles said.

Investigators believe speed and unsafe lane movements played a role in the crash. Edward Garrett submitted to a test for intoxication. Those results are pending at this time.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for approximately an hour and a half for crash investigation and cleanup.

Besides Seymour Fire Department personnel, state troopers were assisted by personnel with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, IU Medical Helicopter and Howard’s Wrecker Service.