Police: Driver in fatal crash had BAC of .29

(Provided Photo/ISP)
(Provided Photo/ISP)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police said a man is dead after a crash on I-65 in Tippecanoe County on Thursday afternoon. Officers said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

According to Indiana State Police, an SUV was driving northbound on I-65, north of the 182 miler marker, when it pulled in front of a semi and went off the roadway.

The semi then changed lanes and moved to the left lane to avoid the SUV. The driver of the SUV cut across I-65 and drove under the right end of the semi trailer. The semi then ran over the front of the SUV.

The driver of the SUV was extricated and taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette where he later died. The semi driver was not injured.

Police said alcohol contributed to the crash. The driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .29.

The name of the driver will not be released until family has been notified, according to ISP.

I-65 was down to one lane northbound for about two and one half hours for cleanup. Police said the semi trailer sustained about $3,000 worth of damage but was driven away from the scene. The SUV was a total loss.


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