Man dies in wrong-way crash with tractor-trailer

Monday, May 4, 2020
An Indianapolis man died early Saturday morning when his car collided head-on with tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Clay County.
Courtesy photo/INDIANA STATE POLICE

An Indianapolis man died Saturday morning in Clay County following a wrong-way crash with a semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 70.

Preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Adam Edwards indicated that at approximately 6:05 a.m., a 2019 BMW, driven by John D. Slack, 72, of Indianapolis, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 22-mile marker.

A 2018 Freightliner driven by Nitishpal S. Bhandari, 21 , of Ontario, Canada, was eastbound in the passing lane, alongside another semi tractor-trailer, when he observed the BMW approaching.

Bhandari attempted to avoid the collision with the BMW, but was unable.

Slack was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clay County Coronerís Office.

Bhandari and his co-driver were not injured in the accident.

As part of its investigation, ISP is also conducting a full accident reconstruction.]

Assisting agencies included Clay County Sheriffís Department, Posey and Jackson township fire departments, Indiana Department of Transportation, Clay County Coronerís Office and Campís Wrecker Service.

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