ISP: Pickup truck slams into car on I-65, ejecting two and killing one

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. - The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 were shut down Tuesday morning in Jasper County after a deadly crash, state police said. 

Indiana State Police (ISP) said at roughly 9:40 a.m., troopers responded to a crash in the northbound lanes of I-65 near mile marker 214. That's just south of the State Road 114 exit. 

ISP said a pickup truck (driven by Jason Spears, 44, of Indianapolis) was in the left lane of northbound I-65 behind a passenger car driven by Timothy Newell, Jr., 24, of Osseco, Mich. Newell told investigators he saw Spears' pickup coming up from behind at a fast speed, and before he could react, Newell said the pickup slammed into the back of his car.

ISP said the pickup truck veered into the right lane, then back into the left lane, causing the truck to slide sideways and roll several times. Investigators said both the driver and his son, Jason Spears II, were ejected from the pickup truck when it crashed.

Crews pronounced the elder Jason Spears dead at the scene and his son was taken to Jasper County Hospital, and later airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis with life-threatening injuries. ISP said Newell drove his car into the median, but was not injured.

Investigators said no seat belts were in use in the pickup truck, and they are unsure at this point as to whether drugs or alcohol played a factor. Newell was reportedly wearing his seat belt.

Update at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday: ISP said all lanes were back open but traffic was moving slowly.

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