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INDOT Officer Dies In Crash On Interstate 65

Last updated on Friday, December 2, 2011

(SEYMOUR) - 56-year-old Gregory Lawdermilt, of North, Vernon, was killed Thursday on Interstate 65 when his Indiana Department of Transportation vehicle was hit by a semi-tractor trailer.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. and left the interstate closed for several hours and forced police to route traffic through Seymour.

According to police reports the accident began when Kathryn Clayton, 49, of Commiskey, lost control of her vehicle on an icy bridge as she drove south on the interstate near the 53½-mile marker.

Clayton's vehicle began to skid and struck a guardrail in the inside lane of the bridge before striking a 2005 Freightliner being driven south by Glenn J. Jones, 56, of Indianapolis. Clayton's vehicle, a Cadillac, came to rest in the right lane of the interstate while Jones' truck stopped on the emergency strip.

Lawdermilt, driving the INDOT vehicle came up behind the Cadillac and stopped with its emergency lights activated.

Just after the INDOT vehicle stopped, a 2007 Freightliner semitrailer driven by 50-year-old Robert A. Burger of Louisville, Ky., struck the rear of the INDOT vehicle and ran over the top of it as both vehicles then skidded off the traveled portion of the roadway into the median. The INDOT vehicle and semi then burst into flames.

The fatality is the fourth that has occurred in Jackson County since Nov. 21.

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