Multi-vehicle accident on I-70 results in death

February 5, 2013 | Car Accidents

As temps drop, aftermath of I-70 pileup drags on for hours ~ Bill McCleery

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Car by car, truck by truck, the dozens of people involved in the 35-car pileup on I-70 on Thursday afternoon were stuck — and expected to stay that way well into the night.

State Police said the massive chain-reaction crash west of Indianapolis happened about 2 p.m. near an overpass at Hendricks County Road 725 East, resulting in a major shutdown of the highway between Plainfield and Monrovia. It reopened about 10 p.m. Thursday.

They attributed the crash to squall conditions — bursts of snow and high winds along the highway that limited visibility.

One person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a massive crash Thursday along I-70 in Hendricks County.

Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten identified the victim as Harry Sohal. The man was 25 years old and lived in Ontario, Canada, according to the Marion County coroner’s office.

“We just got word this morning,” Bursten said.

The man died late Thursday at Methodist Hospital, Bursten said.

Bursten asked the public and media to be patient as investigators try to piece together the factors involved in Thursday’s crash.

“It’s not like a TV drama story where we wrap up everything in an hour,” Bursten said. “It will take days for a crash of this magnitude to determine the exact number of vehicles. And there were probably multiple crashes, rather than one big crash, that happened on both sides of the road. They just happened in close proximity to one another.”

Even the number of people injured is difficult for police to determine with certainty, he said.

“We initially were advised that 10 people were transported (to hospitals), but I think that number changed,” Bursten said. “And a few people might have self-transported later in the day. . . . These are things that take time.”

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