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One dead in I-65 accident Tuesday night


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Photo submitted by Indiana State Police / New Whiteland resident Michael L. Otte, 56, was killed after his car slammed into the back of a stopped semitrailer on Interstate 65 south of Taylorsville. Police said Otte may have been distracted and didn't see traffic had stopped due to an accident further up the road.
Photo submitted by Indiana State Police / New Whiteland resident Michael L. Otte, 56, was killed after his car slammed into the back of a stopped semitrailer on Interstate 65 south of Taylorsville. Police said Otte may have been distracted and didn't see traffic had stopped due to an accident further up the road.

Photo submitted by Indiana State Police / New Whiteland resident Michael L. Otte, 56, was killed after his car slammed into the back of a stopped semitrailer on Interstate 65 south of Taylorsville. Police said Otte may have been distracted and didn't see traffic had stopped due to an accident further up the road.
Photo submitted by Indiana State Police / New Whiteland resident Michael L. Otte, 56, was killed after his car slammed into the back of a stopped semitrailer on Interstate 65 south of Taylorsville. Police said Otte may have been distracted and didn't see traffic had stopped due to an accident further up the road.


A New Whiteland man was killed at about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the last of three crashes near the I-65 Edinburgh exit after he failed to see a stopped semi, according to Indiana State Police.

Michael L. Otte, 56, New Whiteland, was driving a 2012 Ford Fiesta northbound on the interstate when it struck the back of a semi driven by Michael Vogel, 53, Rockford, Ill., according to Indiana State Police. Vogel was not injured.

The semi had stopped, and had its emergency flashers activated and working, because of another traffic accident ahead, according to Indiana State Police.

The series of crashes began at 4:54 p.m. when police and firefighters were sent to the interstate near the Edinburgh exit where two semis had collided, according to the German Township Fire Department. No injuries were reported in that accident.

A rear-end collision then occurred nearby on the northbound lanes at about 6 p.m., according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff Department.

At 6:14 p.m., German Township crews were then sent to another accident nearby involving a semi and two vehicles, according to Matt Lynch, German Township Fire Department deputy chief. The vehicles were in the median and the semi was leaking diesel fuel. The drivers reported minor injuries, according to Lynch.

About 100 gallons of fuel had spilled, and the interstate was closed while a wrecker company pulled the semi out of the median, Lynch said.

While the cleanup was continuing, police and firefighters were then called at about 8 p.m. to the accident involving the fatality.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic and Daily Journal.

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