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2 dead in Jasper County crash

A man and a woman from Tennessee were killed Wednesday in a Jasper County crash that closed southbound Interstate 65 for more than two hours.

JASPER COUNTY| A semitrailer driver and his passenger were killed Wednesday morning in a wreck that shut southbound Interstate 65 for hours.

Dennis M. Mattern, 59, and Debra J. Moon, both of Manchester, Tenn., died of injuries suffered in the high-impact crash involving two other semis.

Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police indicates Mattern was pulling a flatbed trailer south on I-65 when traffic slowed or stopped because of construction. Traffic was reduced to one lane.

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Mattern didn't brake for traffic and rear-ended a box trailer, which then hit another semi ahead, police said.

The drivers of those trucks were not hurt. The accident remains under investigation.

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