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[ISP] I-69 Crash Sends One to Hospital
Start Date: 8/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Delaware County – A rollover crash this morning around 8:40 a.m. sent a Lowell, Michigan woman to IU Health’s Ball Memorial Hospital with cuts to her hands and wrists. Richelle Kimble, age 21, was transported from the scene after she lost control of her 2008 Pontiac G6 on I-69 north bound in the area of the 231 mile marker.

Preliminary investigation revealed Kimble, who was driving north in the left lane, became distracted as she changed songs on an IPOD. When she noticed her vehicle drifting right, she overcorrected left and lost control of her vehicle.

The Pontiac swerved left then began spinning back to the right where it struck a 2003 Ford Taurus being driven north in the right lane by Mr. Ratnakar Narale, age 70, of Ontario Canada. The Pontiac continued off the right side of the road where it rolled two to three times before coming to rest on the driver’s side in a bean field. Mr.Narale was not injured in the crash.

Pendleton Trooper Will Hughes investigated the crash and cited Kimble for Unsafe Lane Movement. Hughes was assisted by Pendleton Troopers Dave Preston and Ron Huff, and Delaware County EMS. Secondary crashes, or crashes that occur in the traffic back up after an initial crash or incident, can be deadly.

There was a secondary crash in the traffic backup caused by this crash; luckily no one was injured and the damage was minor. The Indiana State Police began to implement IN-TIME (IN-TIME stands for Indiana Traffic Incident Management Effort) principles back in 2010 to help reduce secondary crashes. An essential function for emergency response personnel is the proper control of traffic through the incident scene in order to protect responders, victims, and other personnel while still providing safe traffic flow.

So if you and your family are out traveling this last week of the summer, watch for officers sitting with their lights on warning you of impending danger ahead, like stopped traffic, and drive accordingly. Always be prepared for slowed or stopped traffic on the interstate. Don’t be a victim of a secondary crash in a traffic backup. To learn more about IN-TIME go to


Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. John Bowling
Phone: 765-778-2121
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