When officers arrived, they found two vehicles that had sustained significant damage and fire personnel working to free both drivers who were trapped. Both drivers, who have not yet been identified, were the only occupants of both vehicles. After several minutes, fire personnel successfully freed both drivers from their vehicles. One driver was initially listed in extremely critical condition, and unfortunately, she later died at the IU Health Methodist Hospital, and the other driver was originally listed in critical condition but was later upgraded to serious condition at St. Vincent Hospital.
Preliminarily investigators believe that a blue KIA was heading east on W. 56th St. in the 8900 block and crossed the center line and collided head-on with a silver Ford traveling west on W. 56th St. The collision was significant and resulted in both drivers being trapped in their vehicles for several minutes. Investigators have not yet determined what caused the blue KIA to cross the center line, but they did not find any visible signs of impairment. However, the surviving driver will be subject to a standard blood draw to test for possible illegal intoxicants.
W. 56th Street has been reopened after being closed for about 3 hours to allow for proper investigative and clean-up time.