Police investigating fatal crash that closed stretch of I-70 near Richmond

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WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana State Police are investigating a deadly crash near the 145 mile marker of Interstate 70 just west of Centerville Road near Richmond, Indiana.

The crash, involving two semis and two passenger vehicles, happened near Richmond shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.

A preliminary investigation has indicated that an east bound semi, pulling a box trailer, was going too fast for the existing traffic conditions prior to entering a construction zone. Traffic at the time was backed up five miles and stopped in both east bound lanes just prior to the Centerville Road exit.

The semi glanced off of a passenger vehicle in front of him, before running into the stopped line of traffic in the passing lane. That semi impacted a passenger vehicle stopped in the traffic and pushed it under the trailer of the semi in front of it.

There is one confirmed fatality in the stopped vehicle, and a passenger from that vehicle was transported from the scene with serious injuries. Neither driver of the semis, or the first passenger car, were injured.

Killed was 22-year-old Margaret Ryan of Boston, Massachusetts.

The crash closed eastbound lanes of I-70 closed for more than five hours.