One killed in traffic backup near Seymour

I-65 SB partially reopens

SEYMOUR, Ind. - One person was killed and two others were injured in a crash on U.S. 31 after a traffic backup on Interstate 65.

Both southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for several hours Thursday about 50 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, because of road work and a major pavement failure, officials with the Indiana State Police said.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity says traffic was diverted to U.S. 31 at Seymour until work crews could repair the pavement collapse in the only lane that was open in a construction zone. He says "the pavement just cracked up and blew away."

On U.S. 31, a southbound semi was stopped in traffic just north of County Road 50 North around 5 p.m. Police said a car driven by 58-year-old Thomas Coomer was waiting to turn left onto northbound U.S. 31.

The semi driver motioned for Coomer to pull out to make his turn. Coomer pulled out in front of the semi into the northbound lane of U.S. 31, but was struck by a car driving northbound, police said.

Coomer’s wife, 55-year-old Debra Coomer, was in the front seat of the vehicle. Officials said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coomer and the driver of the other vehicle both suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

Police said southbound lanes of I-65 would remain at one lane most likely for the next several days because of problems with the bridge.

Police were urging motorists to use caution and be alert for slow traffic or backups.

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