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Man killed in crash on I-69/SR 37 near Johnson and Morgan county line

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Posted at 7:03 AM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-13 12:59:57-05

WAVERLY — A Martinsville man died in a crash Thursday morning near the Johnson and Morgan county line when his pickup truck was hit from behind by the driver of a tractor-trailer.

Jason D. Phelps, 45, died in the crash that happened around 2 a.m. just north of the intersection of Interstate 69/State Road 37 and Banta Road.

Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office found a tractor-trailer with heavy front-end damage and a Dodge Ram truck with heavy rear-end damage in the median.

According to information from the sheriff's office, the semi driver was traveling northbound on I-69/SR 37 toward the Banta Road intersection and did not see Phelps' pickup truck until it was too late.

Medics pronounced Phelps dead at the scene.

The semi driver, who was not injured was transported to Franciscan Health Mooresville for a chemical test, but investigators do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash.

A passenger in the tractor-trailer also was not hurt.

The Bargersville Fire Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police responded to the crash.

The northbound lanes of I-69/SR 37 were shut down for about 4-1/2 hours following the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.