INDIANAPOLIS —Sleepiness may have been a factor in a deadly semi crash overnight at the south split of I-70 and I-65. The driver, Sukhinder Dhuga, 30, was driving his semi trailer on I-65 South when it started to merge onto I-70 West and turned on its side. A passenger, Harbhajan Jhutti, 33, of Canada, was thrown from the semi and was later pronounced dead at Wishard Hospital. Dhuga was extricated from the vehicle and was also taken to Wishard, where his condition is unknown.
Police investigating the incident said speed was a factor and that the driver may have fallen asleep. The crash closed the right lanes of I-65 near the south split with I-70 for almost five hours as crews worked until 6 a.m. to clear the wreckage, which included a cargo of empty CD cases that scattered across the highway.