One dead, one seriously hurt in Columbus crash

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – Police say one person is dead and another is in critical condition after a Columbus crash sent a car into a tree.

Just after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, Columbus police responded to a car accident the 66.5-mile marker of I-65.

When police arrived, they found a 2012 Chrysler sedan that had left the road and hit a nearby tree.

The driver, identified Derek J. Miller, 24, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger, Tyler J. Shadwick, 22, of Columbus, was taken by Lifeline helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where he has been reported in critical condition.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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