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Hillsboro woman killed in I-74 crash

A woman is dead in a crash involving a semi on Interstate 74 in Montgomery County.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 9:57 AM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 3:12 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A woman is dead in a crash involving a semi on Interstate 74 in Montgomery County, according to Indiana State Police. The eastbound lanes of I-74 are back open after being closed for more than four hours. 

It happened about 7:20 Monday morning at mile marker 32.5, about a mile west from the U.S. 231 exit. Sgt. Kim Riley said a car, driven by 26-year-old Christina Mendoza of Hillsboro, was disabled the right lane going west after she hit a deer. ISP said she did not have working lights after the crash.

Police said a semi driver, identified as 55-year-old Kenneth Dusharm of Carmel, was also traveling in the right lane and didn't see Mendoza's vehicle. Dusharm hit the vehicle from behind and pushed it across the median into the eastbound lanes. Both vehicles stopped in a ditch. 

Mendoza was killed at the scene. Dusharm was not injured. 

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. ISP said the road was wet and there was light fog at the time. 

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