Two die in Interstate 65 crash near Greenwood

Two people are dead after a crash on Interstate 65 in Greenwood Sunday morning.

According to the Indiana State Police, the crash happened about six miles north of the Franklin exit at about 9:38 a.m. Sunday morning. Witnesses said an SUV ran off the highway and struck a tree. When rescue workers arrived, two passengers, 52 year old Cearmease Evans and 17 year old Chaise Franklin, both from Chicago Illinois, were found unconscious. Despite life saving efforts, both were pronounced dead.

The driver was conscious and alert and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say that they don’t know why the vehicle ran off the road, but it went into a ditch and then hit several trees on the passenger side. Evans had bee in the front passenger seat of the SUV and Franklin in the rear passenger seat. The coroner said they both received traumatic injuries in the collission.

The right two lanes of Interstate 65 were restricted for several hours while the crash was investigated and cleaned up.

The crash remains under investigation.