So. Ind. couple identified in Sunday's double fatal accident

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 9:10 AM

An elderly couple from Austin, Ind. has been identified as the two people killed after an accident on Interstate 65 Sunday.

Police said the pickup truck the couple was traveling in was rear-ended by another vehicle in the northbound lanes of I-65 near Scottsburg, Ind.

85-year-old James Jewel and his 75-year-old wife, Thelma, were both killed after being rear-ended, causing their pickup to cross the median and crashing head-on into a tractor-trailer.  The couple's vehicle was eventually pinned underneath the tractor-trailer. 


Police said the accident is a tragic reminder of basic rules on the roadway.

"We always encourage people to be aware of their surroundings.  If a car is getting too close to you try to maneuver somewhere on the road and keep that following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and if somebody is following you too close let them pass by, move over into the next lane," Sgt. Don Gregory, Indiana State Police, said.

The crash shut down the northbound lanes of I-65 for hours Sunday and police are still looking into what caused the initial accident. No other injuries were reported.
 

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