1 dead, 3 hospitalized after after multi-vehicle crash in Carmel

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CARMEL, Ind. — One person died and three others were hospitalized after a four-vehicle crash in Carmel, police said in an update Monday.

The crash happened at about 5:30 p.m. Friday in the area of 96th Street and Copley Drive.

The Carmel Police Department said a preliminary investigation shows that a westbound Mercedes struck another westbound vehicle that was stopped in traffic. The impact sent the Mercedes into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it struck a Lexus sedan head on.

A passenger in the Lexus, 79-year-old Stephen Zimmerman, of Indianapolis, was taken to the hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival. The driver of the Lexus was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but police said they are not believed to be life threatening. 

CPD said the fire department had to extract multiple people from their vehicles and transported two additional individuals to the hospital with minor injuries. A fifth victim was treated and released at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours while investigators worked the scene. They will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. Police said drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor.

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