On October 25th, a three-vehicle crash on I-74 in Fountain County, Indiana resulted in the death of a local Ohio resident, Patricia Kabwe. The interstate remained closed for approximately two hours while responders addressed the medical needs, conducted their investigation, and cleaned up the scene.
Kabwe, of Reynoldsburg, was driving her black 2013 Hyundai when, for unknown reasons, she left the roadway, drove across the median and then headed into eastbound traffic. The Hyundai Elantra then struck the passenger side of an Acura. Then the Acura was rear-ended by a Camaro. All of the vehicles ended in the ditch off the south side of the interstate.
The driver of the Acura, Ryan Murphy, a 19-year-old Hinsdale, was airlifted to Carle Hospital. Then Moore, the driver of the Camaro, was taken to Franciscan Health. Both of these drivers experienced serious injuries, but they were not in life-threatening condition. Kabwe, behind the wheel of the Hyundai, was declared dead at the scene. The Fountain County Coroner was on scene to make the declaration.
Kabwe was the only one in the Hyundai. Authorities reviewed the scene itself and explained that the extent of the crash was largely due to the lack of a physical barrier. The area has no wire or concrete barrier dividing the median. There is no guardrail to prevent wrong-way drivers or deter accidents involving oncoming traffic. These accidents are largely avoidable, and it's unclear what led to this accident or why it took place.
Officials have not said if they suspect speed, drugs, or alcohol to have played any role in this crash. The investigation into the three-vehicle crash on I-74 is still ongoing, and Indiana officials are working to understand what happened.
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