Indianapolis Fire Department

Date: Friday July 2, 2021


Motor vehicle accident with entrapment and fatality
Southeastern Ave and South State Ave
Dispatched at 5:16 PM

2 Car PI
IFD Extrication Task Force 7 Dispatched at 5:18 PM
First Unit on scene EG11 at 5:18 PM
EG11 reports one person trapped under a vehicle at 5:18 PM
Marked working entrapment at 5:20 PM
7 IFD Units Dispatched
AES Dispatched for Broken Pole with High Tension Power lines at 5:24 PM
Extrication commenced at 5:25 PM
Extrication complete at 5:44 PM
One occupant deceased at 5:44 PM
Marion County  Coroner’s office on scene
Marion County Health dispatched to scene

Dodge Avenger (Overturned Car) – 2 Occupants

1 male driver (20) – pronounced deceased at scene
1 male occupant (20) – Self extricated out rear window and transported in serious condition to Eskenazi Hospital by Beech Grove Medic 36

Ford Escape (Upright Car) – 2 Occupants

1 male driver (28) – Self extricated and transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition by IEMS Medic 29

1 male passenger (31) – Ejected from vehicle – landed under the overturned Avenger’s driver’s side rear wheel. Extricated by IFD firefighters in 19 minutes. Transported to Eskenazi in critical condition by IEMS Medic 27.

IMPD is investigating the accident.  Witnesses say that the Dodge Avenger was headed north on State Ave at a high rate of speed.  The Ford Escape was headed west on Southeastern Ave.  The two cars connected in the intersection and landed about 50 feet north of the intersection. Witnesses say the Dodge Avenger hit the power line pole and sheared it from its base. The pole was held precariously upright by the high tension power lines.  AES (IPL) was on scene to mitigate.

Credit: Rita L Reith, MPIO