2 airlifted, 3 others hurt after van overturns

2 airlifted, 3 others hurt after van overturns

HANCOCK COUNTY — Two Wisconsin residents were airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital and three others required medical attention after the van they were riding in veered off Interstate 70 and overturned Friday morning.

The single-vehicle crash occurred just after 7 a.m. on westbound I-70 at the 111-mile marker in Hancock County, according to an Indiana State Police news release.

Police said they think the van’s teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the right side of the road. The driver woke up, overcorrected and lost control, which rolled and came to a stop off the right side of the interstate.

Some of the passengers were thrown from the van but suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the news release stated.

They were taken to several area hospitals for treatment. Two were airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital and one was taken there by ambulance. One was taken to Riley Hospital for Children; and the driver was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital.

The crash closed westbound I-70 in the area for more than an hour while police investigated and crews cleared the scene.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.