One killed in I-65 crash
Jeremy Brilliant/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - The morning snow caused treacherous driving on central Indiana roads. Police reported dozens of slide-offs and several serious accidents, including one that claimed a young woman's life.
The snow began falling at around 10:00 am, and by 11:30 am, a driver was dead.
On I-65 at I-465, the deadly accident happened after police say the driver of a Honda tried to pass the semi.
"During the pass, the vehicle's driver lost control, slid over in front of the semi tractor-trailer and it was struck in the passenger's side front door," said Sgt. Rich Myers, Indiana State Police.
The passenger was taken to the hospital. The female driver, later identified as 23-year-old Michelle L. Adams of Louisville, Kentucky, died as a result of the impact.
"The snow in the area, the wet roads, the snow on the road, inexperienced driver being 23 years of age, all came together at the wrong time and this is what we end up with," said Sgt. Myers.
The accident caused a back-up several miles long on I-65.
The warning overhead was clear to see but not necessarily taken to heart. Slide-offs littered the highway as drivers lost control on the slick pavement.
State crews have spent a lot of time salting the ramps as well as the bridges and overpasses because that's where police say most of the accidents occurred.
On the I-65 bridge over 71st Street, a southbound semi lost control and ran into the guardrail. Fortunately, no other vehicles were in the way.
"I don't think the roads are really that salted. Just don't really get much traction on the roads," said one driver.
Wet pavement was deceivingly slick both on the interstates and the side streets.
Further north, the Lafayette District of the Indiana State Police investigated a roll-over crash involving a semi on Interstate 65 at Exit 178 in Tippecanoe County. The crash was at the Battle Ground exit for State Road 43. It occurred around 10:45 am. No one was injured.
Police say the semi was hauling grain at the time of the crash and some of the load leaked out onto the road. The tractor and trailer were also blocking the right lane of I-65 NB causing traffic delays. The ramp to northbound I-65 from State Road 43 is shut down also due to the over-turned semi and the clean-up of debris.
Weather is not believed to be a factor in that crash.
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