Shelby County crash closes Interstate

A two-vehicle crash late Thursday afternoon in Shelby County closed one direction of Interstate 74 and sent multiple people to the hospital.

Louie Koch, Chief Deputy of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, says that his department received the call at about 5 p.m. Deputies responded shortly thereafter to the scene, near the 101 mile marker of eastbound I-74.

When they got there, deputies reported finding an inverted passenger van, along with a car, sitting in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, bringing traffic in that direction to a complete stop. Koch says that members of the Shelbyville Fire Department and Moral Township Fire were on the scene treating multiple patients and that a Lifeline helicopter was en route.

Koch says that an investigation revealed that the van was headed west on I-74 when it began to skid through the median. That resulted in the van rolling over and becoming airborne, before ultimately careening into the path of the second vehicle, resulting in a collision.

The Sheriff’s Department identified driver of the van as Douglas Hirschfeld, 18, of Indianapolis. They say that his passengers included Luca Ruby, 19, Lewis Dilts, 18, Timothy Brogan, 18, and Patrick Brogan, 18. Authorities say that Brogan was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. They add that Dilts and Ruby were also taken to Methodist, where all three are listed in stable, but critical, condition. Sheriff’s officials identified the driver of the car as Cecilia Snow, 19, of Greensburg. They say that she was taken to Major Hospital in Shelbyville, but her condition was not released.

Koch says that the investigation is ongoing and added that toxicology reports are pending for both drivers.