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Drugs, alcohol could be factor in I-70 crash; driver fled, apprehended

Around 1:30 this morning emergency crews responded to a serious crash in the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 75.4 mile marker. 911 callers were reporting a pick-up truck and semi had collided and the load from the semi was spread across the interstate.


When Trooper Ty Mays arrived he found one person seriously injured lying on the hood of the pick-up truck. Another person was entrapped in the pick-up and was injured. The driver of the semi and a passenger in the semi both suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital. Trooper Mays was told the driver of the pick-up fled the scene on foot. A short time later, the person thought to be the driver, was located by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.


During the investigation Troopers determined the man who fled the scene was in fact not the driver, he was a passenger in the pick-up truck. The driver, Jacob Martin, 36, of Indianapolis, was the man found lying on the hood of the truck. He was not ejected.  It was determined he got out of the truck and walked around to the passenger side where he laid on the hood. Martin was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. One passenger in the truck had to be extricated by the Wayne Township Fire Department and was also transported to the hospital with serious injuries. 


According to investigating officers the pick-up truck passed the semi in the right hand side, then started weaving all over the road from lane to lane. A collision occurred causing the semi to hit a roadside sign support which ripped the semi trailer open spilling clothing all over the roadway.


I-70 westbound was closed for several hours while Zore's Wrecker Service cleaned up the scene. An Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionist also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. 


Investigators believe drugs or alcohol could be a factor in this crash however no arrest has been made. Any charges will be determined by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office after reviewing the case.