SEYMOUR, IN — Troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post began investigating a single-vehicle crash shortly before 8 am Friday that claimed the life of an Elizabethtown man.
The initial investigation by ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles indicated that a black 2005 Saturn passenger car, being driven by 63-year-old Daniel L. Sallee was traveling south on County Road 1000 East near County Road 250 North, a couple of miles south of Seymour.
ISP says evidence at the scene indicated that Sallee’s vehicle was traveling in excess of the posted speed limit when it approached a southbound Seymour Community Schools bus that was stopped in the roadway to pick up students from a residence.
Investigators say the warning lights on the bus were activated at the time and the stop arm was extended.
Sallee applied the brakes and took evasive action to avoid striking the bus, and his vehicle left the roadway before overturning.
The school bus was not involved in the crash.
Neither the bus driver nor the students boarding the bus were injured.
Sallee sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.
Investigators say Sallee was not wearing a seatbelt, which contributed to the injuries he received.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash although toxicology results are pending at this time.
The investigation is ongoing.
Sgt. Wheeles was assisted by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County EMS, several Jackson County fire departments, the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, and Hampton’s Towing.