UPDATE: Drugs, alcohol suspected as factors in Delaware County crash that left 2 dead, 3 injured

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – Police say drugs and alcohol may have played a role in a Delaware County crash that left two people dead and three others injured.

Emergency crews were called to the scene along Wheeling Avenue and West County Road 950 North, near Gaston, around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the two vehicles involved in the crash rolled onto its top with four people inside. The driver, 18-year-old Joshua Hartley, and the front passenger, 28-year-old Matthew Case, were killed. Two other passengers, 18-year-old Lydia Astrop and 18-year-old Jacob Hartley, were transported to area hospitals in critical condition.

The driver of the other car, 68-year-old Benjamin Parson, was the sole occupant. He was transported to Ball Memorial Hospital in serious condition. That car was traveling northbound but ended up facing southbound after the crash.

Police were unsure if seat belts were worn.

Investigators say drug paraphernalia and alcohol containers were found at the scene, leading them to suspect those as factors in the crash.

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