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Two people died after a pair of fatal collisions on I-74 were separated by only two hours and less than half a mile.
According to Indiana State Police, the first of two accidents reported last night on I-74 on the east side of Indianapolis occurred at around 12:45 a.m. at the marker distance of 95 miles.
Troops were initially called about vehicles in the gutters along the east lane. Shortly afterwards, a second 911 call reported that a pedestrian had been beaten in the area.
The first respondent found an adult male lying on the road upon arrival. The man was declared dead at the scene.
Police believe pedestrians drive vehicles that end up in the gutter and may have been disturbed. Car drivers who hit pedestrians remain at the scene and have fully cooperated with the investigation, police said.
The driver is not believed to be drunk. Line I-74 heading east closed for four hours when the accident was investigated.
Shortly before 2:45, a second accident was reported on the west lane I-74 at the 94.6-mile marker, only four-tenths of a mile from the first accident, police said.
Police believe the eastbound semi-looped through a crossover because of the closure caused by a previous accident. When the spring enters the west lane, it collides with a car heading west on I-74.
The driver of the car was declared dead at the scene, police said. It is unclear whether the semi driver was injured.
The investigation is ongoing, and the west line I-74 remains closed at 94.6 miles until further notice.
The names of the victims have not been released.
Contact IndyStar reporter Justin L. Mack at 317-444-6138. Follow him on Twitter: @justinlmack.
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