FRANKLIN — Excessive speed is being blamed in a two-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a Columbus woman.
Police say Karianne Bjordal was driving north on Interstate 65 in Johnson County about 7 p.m. Thursday when the 1994 BMW she was driving ran into the rear end of a box trailer.
The accident happened north of the Edinburgh exit in the northbound lanes.
Aldo Perez, 51, of Loxahatchee, Florida, was driving the tractor-trailer north on I-65 in the right lane. He was not injured.
Police said there was no evidence that the BMW had slowed and there were no skid marks.
According to witness statements, excessive speed and driver inattention were contributing factors in the crash, police said.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said an accident reconstruction team analyzing the crash indicated that, based on the impact, the car was traveling at a very high rate of speed.
A cellphone was located in the car, but police do not know if it was being used at the time of the crash, Myers said.
Both northbound lanes of I-65 were shut down for about 2½ hours as a result of the crash.
A dog in the car survived the crash and was released to an acquaintance of the victim, police said.
Bjordal, 21, had been a student at Ivy Tech Community College.
Randy Proffitt, executive director of marketing and communications at Ivy Tech, said Bjordal last attended classes at the school in the spring of 2013.
“We are saddened to hear of the tragic accident that claimed the life of one of our students,” Proffitt said. “Our thoughts are with Karianne’s family and friends as they cope with their sudden loss.”
Ginger Pollitt, general manager of Chili’s on National Road, said Bjordal had recently worked at the restaurant for a short time.
“I’m really pretty much speechless,” Pollitt said. “I didn’t have the opportunity to work with Karianne for very long, but our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”