Indianapolis, IN – Thursday afternoon, just before 2:00, emergency crews were called to the scene of a serious crash on I-70 eastbound near Keystone Avenue. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers were first on scene and reported a possible critical injury. An adult male was reportedly struck by a car while patching holes on I-70. When medics arrived they began treating the male, who was alert and conscious, and subsequently transported him to the hospital. It was also determined a second adult male worker was struck, but was treated and released at the scene. The driver of the car, 23 year old Licole Culp of Indianapolis, was not injured. A passenger in her car was also treated by medics for non-life threatening injuries.
Preliminary investigation has led officers to believe Culp was entering I-70 from Keystone Avenue. INDOT Construction crews were working in right two lanes and had several safety trucks with emergency lights blocking the lanes. As Culp entered the traffic lane from the ramp she sideswiped a van, swerved back into the closed lanes, lost control and struck the two workers along with a piece construction equipment. Culp was later transported to Eskenazi Hospital to be checked for possible injuries and for a blood draw to be obtained. The blood draw is standard practice with all serious or fatal crashes.
At this time no criminal charges have been filed, however the investigation is ongoing. Four lanes of I-70 eastbound were closed at Keystone Avenue for approximately 2 hours while the crash was investigated.
The two men who were struck are INDOT employees, neither of their injuries are thought to be life threatening.