PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Police reopened I-70 Wednesday afternoon following a deadlyaccident near the Putnam and Clay County line.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said two people were drivingin the eastbound lanes in a white Pontiac Grand Prix when, for anunknown reason, the car crossed the median and was broad-sided by asemi.
Chopper 8 flew over the scene Wednesday morning and capturedpictures of the car split in half on the highway. Both men ridingin the Grand Prix were ejected from the car and died at thescene.
The semi driver complained of back pain, but refused treatmentat the scene.
The accident caused traffic to back up for miles in thewestbound lanes.
An investigation into the accident is under way.
State police said the crash is clearly a case where the cardriver was at fault. They believe speeding, among other things, maybe to blame.
Truck drivers like Daniel McCann often get blamed for causingaccidents. But McCann said car drivers are just as likely to causea horrific wreck.
"They'll come around you and barely get past you and cut infront of you and slow down and they don't understand that this isan 80,000-pound vehicle and it doesn't stop on a dime and itkills," McCann said.
Authorities haven't released the identities of the men killed.They said it may never be known why the car veered over into thewestbound lanes.
Autopsies are set for Thursday morning at 10 at Terre HauteRegional Hospital.
In court documents filed Monday afternoon, 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel was officially charged with reckless homicide and pointing a firearm in the shooting death of a Noblesville teen.
Sunday night, Johnson County officers were called to a Whiteland home, when a woman called to say she was being attacked by her 18-year-old grandson.
Work began in the old Indianapolis City Hall on Monday morning.