UPDATE: Coroner identifies 2 people killed in wrong-way crash on northeast side
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two people died in an early Tuesday morning crash on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the crash happened on the Shadeland Avenue ramp to I-465 southbound on the city’s northeast side. The ramp is closed because of the crash and investigation. Access to Shadeland is blocked at Fall Creek, which means drivers trying to get to 465 will have to use 56th Street.
IMPD said officers were dispatched to Shadeland Avenue, where they found the crash scene. A silver sedan had been going northbound in the southbound lanes, police said. A box truck traveling southbound tried to avoid the oncoming car but was unsuccessful, and the vehicles collided head-on.
Both people inside the silver car were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified by the coroner as Jesse Fortner, 44, of Brownsburg, and Rashad Fortner, 38, from Chicago.
The driver of the box truck is cooperating with the investigation and was taken to a hospital for a blood draw, which is standard procedure in cases such as this. Police said there were no calls about a wrong-way driver before the crash occurred.
The area was closed for several hours before reopening around 8 a.m.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including IMPD, Indiana State Police and Lawrence police.