Icy conditions cause multiple Interstate crashes


Early morning ice created hazardous driving conditions on central Indiana interstates, possibly leading to a crash that killed two Missouri men. 

The Indianapolis District Indiana State Troopers responded to 27 property damage crashes, six personal injuries, one fatal crash and ten slide offs from 6:00 pm Tuesday to 9:00 am Wednesday.

Hendricks County officials reported a fatal crash at the entrance ramp to the rest area of I-74 between Lizton and Jamestown.

A car slid into the back of a parked semi-trailer at approximately 3:00 a.m.  The semi was parked on the right shoulder of the ramp.  The driver was sleeping in the cab and woke up to call in the accident when he felt the car slide into his rig.

Police say David Antoine Tarpy, 28, of Neosho, Missouri was driving a 2004 Pontiac WB on I-74 and lost control of his vehicle. His went under the semi-tractor trailer, killing Tarpy and his front seat passenger, Brad Alan Morrison, 30, also from Noesho, Missouri.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Hendricks County Coroner's Office. Their families have been notified.

The semi-tractor trailer driver was sleeping in the berth and was not injured.

Snow was falling in the area at the time of the crash and may have been a contributing factor.

Slide-offs were also reported on Interstate 65 near the Whitestown exit, where a semi-trailer cab broke through a guardrail and landed, inverted, in a ditch. 

Where northbound I-65 meets I-465 on the northwest side of Indianapolis, a single car rolled shortly after the Hendricks County crash. 

Neither driver was injured in the I-65 incidents.