A Seymour teen was killed in an early-morning crash today on Interstate 65 near Walesboro.
Indiana State Police are reporting that 19-year-old Nikson Cribs died after his vehicle was hit from behind near the 58 mile marker at just after 3 a.m. Troopers say that Cribs was driving very slowly in the southbound left lane, possibly due to a mechanical problem, when his SUV was hit from behind by a pickup driven by 21-year-old Coledon Hoeltke of Columbus.
Cribs was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office according to state police. Hoeltke was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for more than two hours. The accident remains under investigation but neither drugs nor alcohol are believe to have been involved.
The state police were assisted at the scene by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Regional EMS, Wayne Township Fire Department, Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office, West Towing, and Columbus Towing.