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January 24, 2008

3 p.m. UPDATE: Two dead following I-65 accidents

Neither victim from Clark or Floyd counties

Separate wrecks on Interstate 65 in Southern Indiana claimed two lives Thursday morning and closed the highway.

The first accident occurred at 8:38 in southern Scott County at the 27-mile marker in the northbound lanes. It was a crossover accident involving a car and a semi-truck, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

Joseph Kilburn, 22, of Austin was killed when his Pontiac G6 crossed the median heading south for unknown reasons and struck a semi-truck driven by an uninjured driver from Illinois. Kilburn was pronounced dead at the scene.

At about 9:50, another crash took place near the 30-mile marker in the southbound lanes, where traffic had slowed. A tractor-trailer rammed into the back of another semi.

ISP said the driver of the tractor-trailer that caused the crash apparently didn’t see the traffic backup. He was also pronounced dead at the scene and is not believed to be from the area. His named has not been released.

As of about noon, I-65 in both directions was closed from the Henryville exit headed north to the Austin exit headed south. The lanes were expected to reopen soon, but the northbound lane likely will be closed again tonight so cleanup crews can remove the semi.

— Staff reports

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