South Bend Man Killed in Jackson County Accident

(JACKSON CO.) – A South Bend man was killed in an accident on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 on I-65 in Jackson County.

According to an Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team report, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, being driven by 62-year-old William A. Dudek, of South Bend, was traveling northbound on I-65 near the 44-mile marker in southern Jackson County. 

For an unknown reason, Dudek’s vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway.  The vehicle then struck a guardrail and became airborne.  The vehicle crossed all northbound lanes of I-65 and came to rest in the median. 

Witnesses extinguished the fire that started when his vehicle came to a stop.

Dudek was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Schneck Medical Center where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.

The crash remains under investigation.

During the investigation, traffic was diverted off I-65 onto State Road 250 to US 31 at Uniontown.  A separate, unrelated property damage crash occurred on I-65 Southbound nearby that backed up southbound traffic for nearly an hour.

Trooper Andrew Garrett was assisted by other members of the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Excise Police, Jackson County EMS, Seymour Fire Department, Vernon Township Fire Department, and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.