Car crashes into northwest Indianapolis building; one critically injured

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - One person is in critical condition after crashing into a building on the near northwest side of Indianapolis.

Firefighters responded to the crash around 7:30 p.m. near W. 21st Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. A vehicle had crashed into a building at the intersection after striking a traffic light pole.

The vehicle turned on its side and ended up about 20-30 feet inside the Bodycote building at the intersection. Witnesses told police the car was traveling northbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. at a high rate of speed and ran a red light before hitting the building.


The driver of the vehicle, who police say is a male in his late teens, was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition. Firefighters say the driver was conscious at the scene and was able to get out of the vehicle.

"The car is actually on its side completely wedged, cleanly...it's hard to believe but its cleanly wedged in the doorway in the interior of the building. So this gentleman's lucky that he's not more seriously injured," said IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith.

Police say nine people were working inside the building at the time of the crash, but none of them were injured.