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Woman Killed in Weekend Crash on I-65

A Johnson County woman was killed in a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 near the Johnson/Shelby County line Saturday afternoon.

Indiana State Police spokesman Rich Myers says 76-year-old Dona Mann, of Franklin, was killed in the crash when a semi, driven by 49-year-old Hector Avila of Indianapolis, ignored slowed traffic and ran into the rear end of her car. It was shoved into another vehicle ahead of it. Six vehicles ultimately ended up in the accordion type crash.

Myers says traffic on the northbound side of I-65 had possibly slowed to an earlier vehicle slide off.

Avila was taken to Wishard Hospital with back, neck and chest pain. Mann was pronounced dead at the scene by the Johnson County Coroner’s Office.

Two adults and three children from a van involved in the crash were taken to Johnson County Memorial Hospital with complaints of pain, bruising and scratches from the seatbelts and airbags. Two other adults from another vehicle were also taken to Johnson County Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. None of the injuries were considered life threatening.

Two other vehicles involved did not receive much damage and were driven from the scene by the drivers. Neither driver received any injuries.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

Northbound I-65 was closed at the crash scene for two hours while investigators worked the crash and cleaned up the wreckage.

The investigation continues. No charges have been filed at this time.

Last Updated: Sunday, July 07, 2013 2:37:27 PM

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