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Two killed in crash involving Greyhound bus on I-65 in White County

Police say two occupants of a Chevy Tahoe were killed when they crossed the median after being struck by another vehicle and were hit by the bus.
Credit: Indiana State Police
Indiana State Police are at the scene of a fatal crash on I-65 north in White County involving a Greyhound bus.

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. — Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash that also included a Greyhound bus on Interstate 65 Friday.

State police responded to the crash near the 189-mile marker shortly after 12:30 p.m. Investigators believe the driver of a Mazda Miata was traveling south in the interstate when he moved from the left to the right lane for an unknown reason and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe. 

The Miata then traveled into a ditch off the right side of the southbound lanes, while the Tahoe crossed the median into the northbound lanes of traffic and was struck in the passenger side by a Greyhound bus.

Both occupants of the Tahoe died at the scene. Their names are being withheld, pending identification and notification of their family members.

Several passengers on the bus were taken to hospitals in the area with non-life-threatening injuries. One injured passenger was flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. Police say about 50 people were involved in the accident, but did not say how many sustained injuries.

The driver of the Miata, identified as 70-year-old Joseph Utley of Valparaiso, was not injured in the crash. The bus driver, 65-year-old James Jones of Chicago, was taken to a hospital in Lafayette with non-life-threatening injuries.

First responders and other crews from two dozen agencies assisted at the crash scene.

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