HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. - A state trooper was injured and at least one driver was killed in two accidents along I-70 east of Indianapolis Thursday.
Interstate 70 eastbound was completely closed near State Road 9 after a fatal accident shortly before 1 p.m. Another accident on I-70 eastbound closed lanes near the Mount Comfort Road exit; the Hancock County Sheriff's Department was working both scenes.
Indiana State Trooper Wade Heiney was injured when his car was struck while he was assisting with the accident near State Road 9.
RTV6 viewer Carey Wilson was involved in that crash – though fortunately she wasn't hurt. She described the scene to us:
"My understanding is that a green car wrecked, and the state police officer was there assisting them on the wreck and someone hit his car and threw it into a ditch," Wilson said. "The state policeman had a gash on his chin and was bleeding, but he was still out trying to help people."
Wilson also ended up sliding into the ditch after braking to avoid the earlier collision. As she sat in the ditch, she said she watched on as other vehicles slid into the pileup – including a gas truck which flipped over right behind her car.
"All these other cars started ramming, because you can't stop, it was slick, so everybody was just ramming into each other, one after another," she said. "The green car that was there initially got hit like three different times."
Wilson said she didn't believe any of the passengers in the green car were seriously injured.
"The guy that was in the green car, he was pulling his daughter out of the car saying, 'Get out of the car!', because it was about to get hit," she said. "As soon as he pulled his daughter out of the car, it got slammed hard, and then the next thing you know here comes another car slamming into it."