Man critically injured after vehicle falls from Indiana overpass

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An Indiana man was critically injured Saturday when his vehicle fell from an overpass and onto a highway. 

Indiana State Police said the accident happened around noon in Jackson County. Police responded to reports that a vehicle had fallen off of an overpass and onto I-65. 

Preliminary investigation revealed Richard Coulter, 37, from Austin, Indiana, was driving westbound on the overpass on County Road 600 South above I-65 when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy road, according to police. 

Police said Coulter's vehicle broke through the metal guardrail on the south side of the road, fell into the northbound lanes of I-65, and hit another vehicle that was traveling northbound on I-65 by Charles Jahnke, 56, of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Coulter's vehicle came to a stop on it's driver's side in the middle of the northbound lane, trapping Coulter inside. Jahnke's vehicle came to a stop in the shoulder, police said. 

Emergency crews extricated Coulter, who was transported to an Indianapolis hospital with critical injuries. Police said Jahnke was not injured in the crash. 

The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for two hours investigation, and a bridge inspector responded to look at the overpass before the road was reopened. 

The icy condition of County Road 600 South is believed to be a factor in the crash. Police do not believe drugs and alcohol were involved. 

The crash remains under investigation by ISP.

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