ELIZABETHTOWN, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say two Jackson County residents are dead after a crash Tuesday. At approximately 2:00 pm, the police responded to a two-vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 900 South in southern Bartholomew County.
The initial investigation by Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a white 1999 Mercury Sable passenger car being driven by Kelsey M. Lamaster, age 18, Seymour, Indiana was traveling southbound on US 31 near the Bartholomew/Jackson County line. For an unknown reason, Lamaster lost control of the vehicle. Her vehicle went off the west side of the road. The vehicle then came back on the road and crossed the centerline.
Lamaster’s vehicle was struck by a northbound black 2004 Ford F-250 pulling a flatbed trailer that was being driven by Paul M. Luedeman, age 59, Crothersville, Indiana. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane of US 31 before leaving the east side of the roadway and coming to a stop. The flatbed trailer disconnected from the truck and continued approximately 200 yards north before coming to a stop off the east side of the roadway.
Lamaster, along with a front seat passenger in her vehicle, Brandon M. Freeman, age 24, Crothersville, Indiana sustained fatal injuries in the crash. They were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office. Luedeman sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana for treatment.
The crash remains under investigation. Toxicology results on both drivers are pending at this time. US 31 was closed for approximately three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
The Lamaster and Freeman families have been notified.