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Semi Loses Wheels, Causing Fatal Crash

Last updated on Friday, May 25, 2012

(JEFFERSONVILLE) - A motorcycle driver was severely injured and his passenger - his wife - was killed when wheels flew off of a semi on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, police said.

A southbound semi lost a set of rear wheels near the 6-mile marker in Clark County, Indiana State Police said, and one of the wheels remained in the roadway. The motorcycle, driven by Edward Szewczyk, 45, Delmar, Del., crashed into the wheel, throwing him and his wife, Lisa Szewczyk, 52, who was riding as passenger, from the bike.

Clark County Coroner Edwin Coots pronounced the passenger dead at the scene. The driver was flown to University of Louisville Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Neither were wearing helmets, ISP said.

The driver of the semi, William Ross, 42, Ransom, Ill., was not injured.

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