Stranded motorist killed along I-65

From Local Sources

SELLERSBURG — Police say a stranded motorist was killed late Thursday night just south of Sellersburg when his car was struck first by a passing semi and then other vehicles unable to avoid the wreck.

Cody W. Whitehead, 24, Henryville, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:07 p.m. accident on I-65 southbound near the 7-mile marker.

Indiana State Police determined Whitehead’s 2000 Buick LeSabre was stationary on the side of the roadway with its emergency flashers activated. Investigators believe Whitehead’s car ran out of gas and he was waiting in his vehicle after calling for assistance.

Police say a 2018 Freightliner driven by Matthew T. Zartman, 30, Burnsville, North Carolina, crossed over the fog line for an unknown reason and struck the Buick.

The collision pushed the Buick into the guardrail on the west side of I-65. The car stopped partially in the right-hand lane and was then struck by a 2013 Ford Transit and a 2007 Freightliner that were unable to avoid the collision, police said.

Alcohol and drugs were not suspected as factors; however, police said toxicology results are pending.

No citations or charges were filed but the investigation is ongoing.

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