3 seriously hurt in U.S. 40 crash


Under investigation: Richard N. Meek Jr., 19, Shelby Meek, 14, and Richard Riddle, 68, were all taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after an accident Monday morning at U.S. 40 and CR 250W. (Photo provided)

GREENFIELD — Police are still investigating the cause of a head-on collision that sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries early Monday and snarled rush-hour traffic.

Several cars swerved to avoid the Pontiac G6 driven by Richard N. Meek Jr., 19, of Indianapolis, as it crossed into oncoming traffic on U.S. 40 near the intersection with CR 250W around 7:50 a.m., police said.

Witnesses told police that Meek, who was eastbound on U.S. 40, slowly drifted into the westbound lanes until he finally collided with a Ford Taurus driven by Richard Riddle, 68, of Greenfield.

Police were still interviewing witnesses Monday afternoon and were unclear whether Meek hit the brakes before the crash or was still going full speed.

“He may very well have went to sleep,” said Lt. Jeff Rasche, a member of the city/county crash investigation team.

Investigators are planning to review information from both cars’ black-box data recorders in hopes of determining what happened in the moments leading up to the accident.

Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor, police said.

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