MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (IUSTV News) – The Indiana State Police are investigating a wrong-way-driver crash in Madison County on Interstate 69 that claimed the lives of two people early Sunday morning.
ISP says that dispatch received a report of a wrong-way drive just after 2 a.m. Sunday. A short time later while officers were attempting to locate the driver, dispatch received a report of a head-on crash on the southbound lane of Interstate 69.
When first responders arrived to the area, they found multiple damaged cars blocking both southbound lanes.
ISP says an initial investigation determined the wrong-way vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle. The driver and passenger of the car that was hit were identified as Victoria Elaine Cox, 32, and Evan Daniel Cox, 26, both of Fort Wayne. Both died at the scene.
IUSTV News is not publishing the name of the wrong-way driver. Although no criminal charges have yet been filed, ISP says that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
The driver of a third vehicle struck the engine in the roadway. The driver of that vehicle was not injured in the crash.
ISP says a semi trailer was also damaged in the crash when it collided with the wrong-way driver after the initial collision.
Interstate 69 was shut down for four and a half hours as accident reconstruction teams completed their reports. The crash remains under investigation.