Wrong Way Driver Results in a Deadly Accident

Clay County – The Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash between a passenger vehicle and a semi tractor-trailer which occurred in the early morning hours of May 2, 2020, on Interstate 70, that claimed the life of an Indianapolis man.

Preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Adam Edwards indicates that at approximately 6:05 a.m., a 2019 BMW, driven by John D. Slack, age 72, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 22 mile marker.  A 2018 Freightliner driven by Nitishpal S. Bhandari, age 21 , of Ontario, Canada, was traveling 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 to.

Slack was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clay County Coroner’s Office.

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

The Indiana State Police will be conducting a full accident reconstruction of this accident.

Family has been notified.

Assisting Agencies: Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Posey and Jackson Township Fire Departments, Indiana Department of Transportation, Clay County Corner’s Office, Camp’s Wrecker Service.

Photo of the scene.




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