Driver dead after single-vehicle crash on I-465 in Indianapolis

Indiana Semi Crash
The 61-year-old driver of this tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene after his truck left the road and struck a utility pole in Indianapolis Sept. 30. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash, as well as the cause of death. (Courtesy: Indiana State Police)

INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 30, troopers from the Indiana State Police were called to a crash on Interstate 465 westbound, just west of Allisonville Road, according to a statement released by the agency’s Indianapolis District Oct. 1.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found a severely damaged tractor-trailer in the ditch along the right side of I-465. The truck had struck a large utility pole, causing power lines to hang dangerously close to the ground.

The driver of the truck was unconscious and unresponsive. Despite life-saving efforts by the Indianapolis Fire Department and emergency medical services personnel, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has been identified as a 61-year-old resident of Bay City, Michigan.

There were no witnesses, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. Investigators are seeking to determine what caused the tractor-trailer to leave the roadway. State Police crash reconstructionists responded to the scene and will continue to examine evidence to determine the cause of the crash. Indiana State troopers will work with the Marion County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Because of the low-hanging powerlines and extensive damage to the utility pole, the ramp from Allisonville Road to I-465 westbound remains closed at this time. Crews from Indianapolis Power and Light are on scene and attempting to fix the damaged pole. Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have assisted by closing the ramps with barricades.

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