One Dead in 40-Vehicle Pileup on I-70
12 people taken to area hospitals.
I-70 near SR 267 (photo courtesy ISP)
One person has died from his injuries in a 40-vehicle pileup Thursday afternoon on Interstate 70 near State Road 267 in Hendricks County.
Indiana State Police say Harry Sohal died shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, about nine hours after the chain reaction crash which closed the interstate for several hours. His age and hometown weren't immediately available.
Indiana State Police spokesman Dave Bursten says investigators may need until next week to determine an exact cause, but says it appears a sudden snow burst may have contributed to the crash. There won't be a decision on any citations or charges until that investigation is complete. which invovled about 20 semi tractor-trailers.
ISP Sgt. Rich Myers says it'll take until the middle of next week for state police to finish their probe into the incident that involved upwards of 40 vehicles, many of which were semis. He says they're almost treating it as two separate investigations, one in the east bound and the other in the west bound lanes of 1-70 near State Road 267 in Hendricks County.
Myers says thus far, they're fairly certain that weather - a snowburst - and slick roads were the main contributing factors. He says investigators will be working to match the vehicles with the drivers so they can piece together what the drivers saw when the crash happened. He says they hope to know for sure by Wednesday.
Area hospitals report receiving 12 people injured in the crash. Bursten says Sohal appears to be the only one critically injured. Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital confirmed it received six people with injuries. Hendricks Regional Health in Danville confirmed the hospital treated two people for minor injuries. Four others were taken to Indiana University Health West in Avon.
Eastbound I-70 was closed at State Road 39 for about six hours. The westbound lanes of I-70 reopened around 10:00 Thursday night.