BENTON COUNTY, Ind. — Heavy rainfall likely contributed to a fatal accident Tuesday in rural Indiana.
Natalie Ramos, 18, of Reynolds, Ind., was driving a white, 1997 GMC Jimmy eastbound on Indiana Route 352 when police said she failed to yield to an orange 2019 Volvo driven by Matthew Vice, 40, of Westville, pulling a 2006 Great Dane trailer.
Ramos was struck by Vice’s vehicle on the passenger side. Both the Jimmy and the semi came to rest on the east shoulder of U.S. Route 41 north of the intersection.
Ramos, who appeared to not be wearing a seat belt, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police, was thrown into the median.
“Her injuries were too severe to survive the crash,” the release stated.
Vice was not injured.
U.S. 41 northbound was closed for about four hours while emergency personnel attended to the injured, the roadway was cleaned up, and the crash was reconstructed.
Assisting at the scene were troopers from the Lafayette Post, ISP Reconstruction units, ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Benton County EMS, Boswell Fire Department, Bennett’s Towing and the Benton County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing.