One Dead, Seven Injured in I-70 Accident

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A 19-year-old is dead following a four car accident in Hendricks County, Indiana.

It happened Friday afternoon at 12:49 PM at the 59 mile marker, near Monrovia.

Investigation revealed that a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by 51 year old Kenneth Gieger of Princeton, IN failed to slow for traffic that was slowing for an Indiana Department of Transportation temporary work area near the scene.

The tractor-trailer then struck a white 2012 Ford rental box truck in the rear, driven by 39 year old Matthew Roeder of Peoria, Arizona.

The impact then forced the Roeder box truck into the rear of a 2006 Bluebird school bus, driven by 52 year old Wendell Clay of Richland, Missouri.

The tractor trailer continued to veer left impacting a white 1998 Chevrolet van, driven by 51 year old Mark Stewart of Saint Louis, Missouri, forcing the van into the inner barrier cables. 

A passenger in the rental box truck, 19 year old Jace D. Roeder, of Woods Cross, Utah was pronounced dead at the scene.Kenneth G

Kenneth Geiger and Matthew Roeder were transported to area hospitals for treatment of what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Kenneth Geiger was cited for following too close.

The school bus had 23 high school students and five adults onboard and were returning to Stoutland and Richland Schools in Missouri from an FFA Conference in Indianapolis.

Seven teenagers on the bus from Missouri were injured in the accident and taken to area hospitals. The remaining students and adults were bussed to nearby Cascade High School of the Mill Creek School Corporation to await transportation back to Missouri.

Both westbound lanes of I-70 were reopened at 4:23 PM. Traffic had been rerouted northbound on State Road 39 to westbound US 40.

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