ISP: 1 killed, 1 critical in I-65 crash at Southport Road

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Police (ISP) is investigating a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of an Indianapolis man Tuesday morning.

ISP said emergency crews were called to the scene of a serious crash just after 10 a.m. on I-65 southbound near Southport Road.

A heavily damaged passenger car was found with driver Tyberious Freeman Garrett, 22, of Indianapolis, trapped inside who was unconscious and not breathing. Garett was pronounced deceased at the scene.

As emergency teams responded to Garrett, police said bystanders were tending to a female passenger suffering critical injuries who was taken to an area hospital.

According to ISP, an investigation by crash reconstructionists showed that Garret was headed south on I-65 when he lost control of his vehicle and slid sideways into the back of a trailer attached to a construction vehicle.

Investigators said the construction vehicle was parked on the side of the road inside an active construction zone marked by orange barrels and signage. No construction workers were reported injured.

The investigation is ongoing, but police believe unsafe speed contributed to the crash. 

ISP said the southbound lanes of I-65 were restricted until 1:30 p.m. while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.

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