February 13, 2014
Indianapolis, IN- Indiana State Police troopers from the Indianapolis Post are investigating an early morning crash on I-70 that claimed the life of an Indianapolis man.
This morning at approximately 3:20 a.m., trooper’s responded to I-70 WB at the 87.3 mm (just east of Emerson Avenue) on the report of a personal injury crash.
Preliminary investigation and witness statements reveal that William Nichols, 34, of Indianapolis, was operating a 2010, Jeep Laredo WB on I-70 at the 87.3 mm in the second of four lanes. Bruce Ballard, 68, of Brookville, Ohio was operating a 2001, Kenworth tractor trailer at the same location in the third lane. A witness to the crash stated the Jeep suddenly made an abrupt lane movement to the left into the path of the tractor trailer. The jeep was struck in the driver’s door by the semi and both vehicles came to rest against the center concrete barrier wall.
Both drivers were transported to Eskenazi Hospital were Nichols was pronounced dead. Ballard suffered no physical injuries and was transported for observation.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and authorities believe Nichols may have suffered a medical condition prior to the crash.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to be a contributing factor to this crash.
The interstate was never closed, however the left three lanes were restricted for approximately 2.5 hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage cleared.
Investigating Officers: Trooper Miles Edwards and Sergeant Jason Miller, Indiana State Police