2 people from Indianapolis killed after crash on I-65 near Seymour

SEYMOUR, Ind. – A crash that closed I-65 in Seymour for several hours Tuesday morning claimed the lives of an Indianapolis couple.

According to Indiana State Police, it started with a crash involving two semi trucks around 6:30 a.m. The Indianapolis couple died in a second crash that was reported around 7 a.m.

The first crash happened after a semi truck rear-ended a truck pulling a flatbed trailer. One of the drivers, Donald W. Pickens, Manchester, Tenn., went to Schneck Medical Center for treatment. Police said Pickens was the driver of the truck that rear-ended the flatbed. As a result of the crash, traffic was slowed and southbound lanes were partially blocked.

A second crash happened on I-65 near the 48 mile marker. Police said a 2003 GMC van driven by Thomas L. Harding, 62, was unable to stop for the slowed traffic and struck a truck carrying a box trailer.

Harding died in the crash, along with his passenger, Joyce M. Harding, 59.  A second passenger, Francisco J. Rodriguez, 19, was injured in the crash and taken to Schenck Medical Center for initial treatment. He was then flown University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries.

Southbound I-65 was closed for several hours before reopening around 10:30 a.m.