3 killed in wrong-way I-265 crash

Courtesy Indiana State Police

From Local Sources

NEW ALBANY — A car traveling the wrong way on I-265 Saturday night in Clark and Floyd counties collided with another vehicle, killing three passengers and sending two others to the hospital.

At 9:14 p.m., numerous callers advised of a white Kia Sportage traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-65 from the Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clark County, according to Indiana State Police. Before police units could respond, the car turned west onto I-265, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Callers reported a head-on collision involving the SUV and a white passenger car near the 5.4-mile marker just inside Floyd County at 9:17 p.m.

Officers and firefighters from numerous agencies responded to the scene, including state police crash reconstructionists. I-265 was closed from the time of the crash until approximately 12:15 a.m. Sunday as the investigation continued.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the white, 2017 Kia Sportage, driven by Taylor A. Barefoot, 31, of Louisville, Kentucky, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash. Police said Barefoot was air-lifted to University Hospital in Louisville with severe injuries.

The second vehicle, a white, 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, was traveling eastbound in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash.

The Cavalier was driven by Taylor D. Cole, 21, of Marengo. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, police said.

Police identified the front-seat passenger as Leah Renee Onstott, 22, Depauw. She was transported to University Hospital in Louisville where police said she later succumbed to her injuries.

Two juvenile passengers occupied the back seat and were transported to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Cole’s juvenile son was pronounced dead after arriving at Norton’s, police reported.

The minor son of Onstott remains at Norton’s Hospital in unknown condition.

Investigators believe alcohol played a factor in the crash.

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