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Franklin woman killed in crash

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Police are investigating a weekend crash on Interstate 65 that left a Franklin woman dead and sent eight people to area hospitals.

Dona Mann, 76, of Franklin, was killed in the crash, which occurred Saturday afternoon, according to an Indiana State Police news release.

Northbound traffic on I-65 near the Johnson and Shelby county line was moving slowly Saturday afternoon because another car had run off the road. Hector Avila, 49, of Indianapolis, wasn’t able to stop fast enough after traffic slowed, and he rear-ended Mann’s car with his box-truck.


Mann’s car was pushed into another car, and a total of six vehicles collided, the news release said.

Mann was pronounced dead at the scene by the Johnson County coroner, the news release said.

She was a longtime Franklin resident and had worked in banking for many years. Mann was also a member of Grace United Methodist church, a Girl Scout leader and a volunteer at a food pantry.

Police closed both northbound lanes of the interstate for two hours to investigate the accident.

Two adults and three children who were traveling in a van, and two adults in another vehicle were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries that included bruising and scratches. Avila was taken to Wishard Hospital and treated for back, neck and chest pain, the news release said.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

Two other vehicles involved did not receive much damage and were driven from the scene by the uninjured drivers, the news release said.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

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