INDIANAPOLIS — Two people were killed in two separate crashes on interstates in Indianapolis Friday.
The first crash happened shortly before 5:30 Friday afternoon. State police Sgt. John Perrine says Zachary Elson, 19, of Dayton, Ohio, was traveling northbound on I-65 just north of 38th street.
“State Police Crash Reconstructionists determined the black Lexus (driven by Elson) was traveling at a high rate of speed before colliding with another black passenger car,” Perrine said. “After the collision, the black Lexus went off the road, rolled several times, and came to rest in a wooded area.”
Elson was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from the car as it rolled, says Perrine. Elson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second crash happened later Friday night at around 11:30. Perrine said a semi was having mechanical issues on I-465 near Emerson Avenue on the southside and had pulled off the roadway and was waiting for an Indot Hoosier Helper to arrive.
“The driver of an eastbound car ran off the road for unknown reasons and struck the rear end of the stationary trailer,” said Perrine. “The driver was entrapped in the car and the car caught fire.”
The car was fully engulfed in flames under the semi-trailer when first responders arrived. The driver was killed. State police have not said yet who the driver is.