Local Ivy Tech students seriously injured in Interstate 65 accident last Monday PDF Print E-mail

Families and friends of two young men are continuing to pray for their recoveries after both were badly injured in a November 29 accident that occurred after a rainstorm on Interstate 65.
The accident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m.

The red Chevy pickup truck was being driven by Dakota “Koty” Baker of Austin. His passenger was Mitchel S. Sebastian of Scottsburg. Both are students at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and were returning to their homes after attending classes.

Around the northbound 27 mile marker, the pickup may have hit standing water since heavy rain had hit the area that evening. The truck apparently crossed the median and struck a southbound semi-tractor-trailer rig driven by Fnu Rhamatullah of Carol Stream, Il.

Scottsburg volunteer firemen and First Responders, Scott County EMS and deputies with the Sheriff’s Department raced to the scene with Indiana State Police troopers. Extrication from the wreckage was required for both of the young men. Stabilized at the scene, each was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital.

At the hospital, Baker was immediately taken into surgery. Reports indicate that both arms were broken as well as ribs and his pelvis. His friend suffered a brain bleed, which was reported to be under control, as well as broken ribs, pelvis and back.

Their current conditions are not known, but Facebook messages indicate that the young men are progressing in their recoveries. The semi-tractor driver was not injured in the mishap.

The crash caused a traffic back-up on the interstate. Southbound lanes were closed for four hours. Trp. Chris Tucker stated that the investigation is on-going.