Area man dies in crash: Indianapolis accident leaves passenger hurt

A Greenwood man was killed and a passenger was injured in a crash on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 65 near downtown Indianapolis.

Jared Crump, 25, was driving a landscaping dump truck pulling a trailer south on I-65 around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday when he struck a semi from behind. The semi had stopped in traffic, according to Indiana State Police.

The crashed trapped Crump and his passenger, Nathan Davis, 21, of Indianapolis, in the truck.

Crump and Davis were removed from the truck by the Indianapolis Fire Department and taken to Eskenazi Hospital.

Crump died early Wednesday at the hospital and had been listed in serious condition after the accident.

Douglas Watson, 56, of Indianapolis, who was the driver of the semi, was not injured.

Police have determined that traffic on the interstate had slowed to a stop when the landscaping truck rear-ended the semi. The area where the accident happened is near the split to Interstates 65 and 70 south of downtown and is not in a construction area.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine said he did not know why the traffic had stopped but that there wasn’t anything unusual about the traffic patterns prior to the crash in that area.

“Based on evidence at the scene, the semi stopped and the landscape truck did not,” he said.

Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.