On July 28th in Hancock County at approximately 4:10 PM Indiana State Police personnel responded to the report of a rollover crash on I-70 eastbound near the 107 mile marker. Preliminary investigation indicates a small church bus was traveling eastbound on I-70 and for unknown reasons ran off the south side of the roadway and rolled over. A six year old male passenger was ejected from the bus and pronounced dead at the scene by the Hancock County Coroner. The driver of the bus, 53 year old Charles Goodman of Gary, IN was also ejected and was pinned underneath the bus. Goodman was alert and conscious at the scene, and subsequently transported to the hospital by a medical helicopter. There were a total of 12 passengers on board, 7 of which suffered injuries as the result of the crash.
During the course of the investigation it was determined the driver, Charles Goodman, was allegedly operating on a suspended license and has an active arrest warrant out of Lake County Indiana as a result of failing to appear in court for a traffic offense.
Based on preliminary investigation this crash appears to be a result of driver error, there is no evidence at this time of any mechanical failure. Although this bus does not qualify as a commercial motor vehicle by definition, due to the circumstances of the crash it will be inspected by the Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Division. I-70 eastbound remains closed at this time while the crash is investigated and the scene is cleared. Eastbound traffic is being diverted at SR 9 in Greenfield. Westbound remains open. The investigation is on going by the Indiana State Police.
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