Pileup on I-65 kills 1, injures several

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Indiana State Police say several vehicles crashed in a pileup on Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis, briefly closing the highway's northbound lanes.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Myers said Saturday that the crash involved six vehicles, including semitrailers. The pileup occurred near Franklin on the line between Johnson and Shelby counties south of Indianapolis.

Police said a driver of a 2000 International straight truck rear-ended a 2005 Chrysler, shoving the Chrysler into the vehicle in front of it. Ultimately, there were six vehicles in what police called an "accordion-like" crash. 

Investigators said traffic in the area was slow prior to the crash due to an earlier vehicle slide-off, and it appeared that the driver of the International truck did not slow down in time.

The driver of the Chrysler, Dona Mann, 76, of Franklin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five adults and three children were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 

Two of the vehicles had minimal damage and were driven from the scene by their uninjured drivers.

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