I-70 Pile-up Claims A Life (with Video & Photos)

By Emma Koch
By Linda Jackson


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February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM EDT

HENDRICKS CO. (www.incnow.tv) -- The slick road conditions that contributed to a massive pile-up on I-70 Thursday at 2 p.m. have claimed one life.

Harkirat (Harry) Sohal, 25, of Ontario, died after 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, according to police reports. Sohal was a sleeper in a 2012 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer that was being driven by his father, Satpal Sohal, 51, also of Ontario. Sohal was traveling west bound on I-70. At least nine other crash victims were taken to area hospitals.

Investigators from the Indiana State Police say that while the winter squalls were a factor in the multi-vehicle pile-up, it may take up to 10 days before they can determine the catalyst. Police say that the weather caused visibility to decline quickly resulting in drivers rapidly slowing their speeds but at different rates, thus resulting in numerous collisions.

A total 23 vehicles were involved in crashes on the west bound route of I-70 and 17 vehicles on the east bound route.

Crews were tending to the road conditions and removing snow all day in that area of I-70 as conditions were rapidly changing from moment-to-moment, according to an INDOT spokesperson.

Police reports have confirmed that 30 vehicles were involved in the crash, 23 of which were semi-trailers. One of these semi-trailers was carrying a rather unique load, three elephants, that had to be unloaded after the semi-slide off the road.

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