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State Police Identify Man Killed In I-70 Pileup

2/1/2013

Indiana State Police are confirming the identity of the man who died following the chain reaction pile-up on I-70 Thursday.

Sgt. Rich Myers says Harry Sohal died late Thursday night in Methodist Hospital. The 25-year-old is from Ontario, Canada. Myers says one other person was hospitalized in serious condition and eight others were hurt, but not as seriously.

Sgt. 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.

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Area hospitals report receiving 12 people injured in the crash. ISP Captain Dave 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.

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