Triple fatal accident shuts down I-70 westbound

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The fatal scene on I-70 WB near Holt Rd where 3 people died. (Photo by Wayne Township Fire Department)

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INDIANAPOLIS — A deadly wrong-way driver accident has shut down I-70 early Saturday morning and claimed three lives.

According to Indiana State Police, the accident occurred around 4:15 a.m. on I-70 westbound near the Holt Road exit. The crash happened after a trooper found a Hyundai SUV stopped on the shoulder facing the wrong way.

When the trooper went to check on the driver, police say the driver started driving forward. The trooper yelled and banged on the window, trying to get the driver to stop.

The Hyundai’s driver drove into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on into a Hyundai Sonata about a half mile later.

The trooper was able to extinguish a fire sparked by the crash, attempting to help the unresponsive occupants of both vehicles along with an off-duty paramedic who stopped to help. The ISP said the Indianapolis Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene.

The Hyundai SUV’s driver, along with the Hyundai Sonata’s driver and passsenger were pronounced dead on the scene.

The Hyundai SUV’s driver was identified as 28-year-old Aaron Negash of Indianapolis. The driver of the Hyundai Sonata was identified as 34-year-old Jepthah Lian of Indianapolis. The passenger was identified, but their information was being withheld as of the time of this report.

This makes for the third deadly wrong-way driver accident in just over a month on Indianapolis interstates. The most recent occurring just last week on I-65.

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