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INDOT plans safety upgrade in intersection where 3 Pendleton teens were injured

The crash occurred just south of the interstate, near Madison County 800 South at 7 a.m. and sent three teens to area hospitals.

MADISON COUNTY, INDIANA, Ind. — A serious crash closed State Road 13 just north of Interstate 69 in Madison County Monday morning, sending three teenagers to area hospitals. 

The crash occurred at C.R. 800 South and S.R. 13 just after 7 a.m. and resulted in injuries serious enough to require a medical helicopter at the scene.

The Madison County Sheriff's crash team said a Chevy Malibu driven by 17-year-old Colin Gillespie was facing east on 800 South and pulled into the path of a flatbed truck that was heading south on S.R. 13.

The truck struck the car on the driver's side, seriously injuring Colin. He was unconscious and flown to IU Health-Methodist hospital in critical condition.

14-year-old Ashlyn Gillespie was a front seat passenger in the car and was taken to IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers, then flown to Riley Children's hospital. Ashlyn remains in critical condition. 

14-year-old Emily Jones was a back seat passenger and went to Peyton Manning Children's hospital where she is reported to be in good condition. 

All three teens are from Pendleton. 

The driver of the truck was identified by MCSD as 24-year-old Ethan Gotwals of Anderson. Gotwals refused treatment at the scene, according to the sheriff's department.

Several viewers reached out to 13News concerned about the high number of crashes at the intersection where the crash occurred. 

13News reached out to the Indiana Department of Transportation about the concerns.

INDOT said they have a project planned that will add a traffic signal and left turn lanes in both directions of State Road 13.  

INDOT said the project is in response to growth in the area.  

Construction is expected to begin in 2023. 

INDOT said the project cannot be moved up because it is funded for 2023. 

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