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Wrong-way driver causes crash that closes I-70 west of downtown

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 22:54:26-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A man driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 west of downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday caused a crash that sent two people to area hospitals with serious injuries.

According to a report from the Indiana State Police, dispatchers began receiving calls around 6:48 p.m. Wednesday about a vehicle driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 near Holt Road. Within seconds, and before troopers could respond to the area, dispatchers began receiving calls about a serious head-on crash.

Four vehicles were involved in the crash near the 77 mile marker that closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 70.

Troopers said a grey sport utility vehicle, driven by Trey Holmes, of Indianapolis, entered the interstate from Holt Road going eastbound in the westbound lanes. The SUV struck a grey Chrysler Town and Country minivan head-on. Three occupants of the van, including one juvenile, were transported to area hospitals. The driver and the juvenile suffered non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. The passenger was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by members of the Indianapolis Fire Department. The passenger was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Holmes was also taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Two other vehicles were also involved in the crash, however, no one in those vehicles suffered any injuries.

Westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for nearly three hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was cleaned up.

State police said Holmes is suspected of driving while intoxicated and the investigation into those allegations is ongoing.