Snow leads to quick succession of crashes, slide-offs in county


Traffic on eastbound Interstate 70 was at a standstill late Thursday morning following an accident in which a Greenfield police officer's patrol car was crushed by a semi tractor-trailer. Cpl. Chuck McMichael escaped injury. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Interstate 70 was closed in both directions early Thursday afternoon after a number of accidents brought on by heavy snow. One of the crashes resulted in a fatality. (David Hill/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — A late morning bout of snow left one man dead, several with minor injuries and snarled traffic for hours along Interstate 70 near Greenfield.

Police are not releasing the name of the Indianapolis man who was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in flipped on the slippery interstate while trying to avoid another crash.

Greenfield Police Maj. Derek Towle said the victim of the accident is not being publicly identified because a member of his family still hadn’t been notified.

Towle said the man was the passenger in a delivery truck for Jackson Oil and Solvents when the vehicle, traveling on westbound Interstate 70 near Fortville Pike, veered to avoid another slide-off around 11:30 a.m. The vehicle flipped, its cab crushing the victim who police believe died instantaneously.

There was also a five-car pileup, a state trooper who sustained minor injuries when his patrol car was struck from behind and a few other slide-offs nearby causing minor damages to vehicles.

“We had about five crashes within a five-minute time period,” Towle said. “It was hard to keep track of who all was where, which car on which incident and trying to coordinate the detour of traffic.”

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