Police probe deadly accident

A New Whiteland man who was killed after slamming into the back of a semitrailer may not have braked at all before the accident, police said.

Michael L. Otte, 56, died in the accident on Interstate 65 about a mile south of the Taylorsville exit Tuesday night, according to Indiana State Police. Otte may have been distracted at the time and didn’t see that traffic had stopped in the roadway because of another accident about a mile north, police said.

Police aren’t sure how fast Otte was traveling when he hit the rear of the trailer, but the impact was forceful enough to rip the engine from the car and throw it to the side of the road, Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.

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