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Truck goes airborne, crashes into near northwest side building; driver in critical condition

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A driver was in critical condition Thursday morning after a truck clipped a van and crashed into a building.

It happened around 10 a.m. near 38th Street and Industrial Boulevard on the northwest side, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

IFD said the truck came off I-65 at 38th Street, clipped a van, went airborne and then hit the building. The driver of the truck was critically injured and taken to Eskenazi Hospital.

Police said early Thursday afternoon that the driver was improving.

IFD said eight people inside the van—including seven teenagers—were OK. One person inside the building during the crash was unhurt, IFD said.

The business impacted was scheduled to have its grand opening this weekend.

Scott Hill, the owner of Indy Customs, was on his way to work on some of the final touches leading up to the weekend when he was called about the crash.

“I was trying to understand at that point,” Hill said. “Obviously, my heart sank and I didn’t know what was going on. I just wanted to get here and make sure everyone was alright.”

Hill said one employee was inside when the crash happened. The employee was okay but shaken up from what happened.

Hill said he moved his business from Brownsburg to Indianapolis to expand. Work had been going on for the last six or seven months to get things up and running.

“Thank goodness it’s a beautiful day,” said Hill. “We’ll get it boarded up.”

Hill said he hoped to be able to finally open his doors later in January.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police were investigating the cause of the crash while IFD and Pike Township fire crews worked to assess the building’s structural integrity.

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