Early Sunday morning emergency crews were dispatched to I-65 northbound near the 82 mile marker in Shelby County for reports of a single vehicle crash. Around 2:45 a.m. 911 calls began coming in about a vehicle off the roadway and both occupants were severely injured.
Shelby County Sheriff deputies along with medics were first on the scene, they immediately summoned a medical helicopter. Despite life saving efforts Kenneth Cubbage Jr., 41, of Freetown, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His mother, Connie Cubbage, 62, was a passenger in the vehicle. She was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance in stable condition.
The investigating officer, Trooper Aaron Smith, is still unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle hit a tree and rolled several times. The driver, Cubbage Jr., was wearing a seat belt, however the passenger was unrestrained.
The Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and recovered the remains of the deceased.
Both directions of I-65 were closed for a brief time. The northbound lanes were affected for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.