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Avon woman dies from injuries suffered in Sunday I-65 crash

Updated: December 9, 2013 8:51PM

An Avon woman died Sunday night from injuries she suffered in a three-vehicle accident on I-65 earlier in the day.

Ashley A. Rogers, 28, was driving a Jeep southbound about 5:15 p.m. when for unknown reasons she lost control of the vehicle, according to the Indiana State Police. The road was covered with snow at the time, state police said.

The vehicle was spinning in the roadway about four-and-a-half miles south of the Demotte/Roselawn exit when a 2003 Ford driven by Dana R. O’Brien, 37, of Gary, came over a crest in the road and struck the Jeep, though O’Brien had swerved to try to avoid the other vehicle, police said.

The Ford stopped on the inside shoulder of the highway and O’Brian, who was wearing her seat belt, was not injured, police said.

A semi driven by Kimberly S. Thietje of Burlington, Wis., also was southbound and could not avoid striking the Jeep, Thietje told police. The semi went off the interstate and into a ditch. Thietje was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Rogers was found lying on the inside shoulder next to the concrete barrier wall. It is unsure at this time if she was ejected or hit while she was outside of her Jeep, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

Rogers was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer and was being transported to a Lafayette hospital when complications arose and was rushed back to Jasper County, where she died at the hospital.

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