71-year-old trucker dies in I-65 collision


A 71-year-old truck driver died in an early morning car-deer crash on northbound Interstate 65.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, a 2015 Nissan Versa Note traveling northbound on I-65 near the 26.5 mile-marker struck a deer in the roadway, according to a statement from the Indiana State Police. The vehicle was disabled by the crash and remained partially in the right-hand lane. The driver, Veronica McCall of Crothersville, Indiana, exited the car due to its position in the road.

A short time later, a 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by 71-year-old Johnny G. Skarb of Wonder Lake, Illinois, approached from the south and struck the unoccupied Nissan Versa from behind. After colliding with the car, the semi traveled off the east side of I-65 and up an embankment coming to rest in a treeline, the ISP statement said.

Skarb was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scott County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the Nissan was not injured in the crash.