GREENFIELD — With no witness reports, police say they might never know what happened in the moments leading up to a crash that killed a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 late Thursday night.
Investigators believe Frank Adams, 65, of Beech Grove, might have become confused and entered I-70 from an exit ramp off North State Street.
Adams’ car was struck by an oncoming semitrailer truck around 10:30 p.m. about a half mile east of the Greenfield exit. He was driving east in the westbound lane.
Police speculate he got on the interstate at the Greenfield interchange; had he been driving into incoming traffic for a long distance, the 911 center would have been inundated with calls, Detective Sgt. J.D. Fortner said.
“Usually something like that happens, phones light up pretty quick,” he said.
The semitrailer driver, Jakub Huremvoic, 48, of Missouri, saw Adam’s Chrysler 200 headed his direction and swerved.
But Adams swerved the same direction, and the two vehicles collided, head-on. The collision could be heard at homes a quarter-mile away.
Adams was pulled from the wreckage and taken to Hancock Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. Huremvoic was unhurt.
It is unknown where Adams had been or where he was headed. Police said his son hadn’t talked to him since Wednesday.
Police shut down the westbound lanes of I-70 at the scene of the accident for about 3½ hours as investigators worked to reconstruct how the accident occurred, Fortner said.
There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, police said.