Driver killed after car flies off I-70 on east side

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A car flew off I-70 and onto Shadeland Avenue early Thursday, killing the driver and closing both major roadways for hours.

The accident took place around 6 a.m., when police said the car was traveling eastbound on I-70.

Traveling at a high speed, police say the 1992 Ford Probe went off the right side of the roadway, over the concrete wall of I-70 severing a utility pole, then collided with the concrete wall of the I-465 ramp ultimately landing upside down on Shadeland Avenue.

The crash killed 58-year-old Charles Wayne Barker of Indianapolis.

Live power lines posed problems for crews trying to clean up the accident.  Initially, a semi-truck driving under the overpass drove over live wires, becoming entangled.  Officers said the truck was lucky the lines did not cause an explosion.

The utility pole struck by the car also came down, but only partially.  An Indianapolis Power and Light truck held up the top half of pole, which stayed active for a time with its lines laying on I-70, until a new pole could be erected in the cement between the bridges.

Traffic on I-70 was closed for hours, as was traffic on Shadeland Avenue just north of the 21st Street intersection.

A fatal accident reconstruction expert was on scene to determine the official cause of the crash.

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