This past year marked another series of milestones, tragedies, triumphs, endings, and beginnings.
Here are the top five news stories of 2013, in chronological order, as selected by the staff of the Hendricks County Flyer.
Deadly crash closes I-70
On Jan. 13, a massive wreck on Interstate 70 in Plainfield resulted in a shutting down of traffic, multiple injuries, and one fatality.
The call for the accident came into the Hendricks County Communications Center just after 2 p.m. There were multiple vehicles involved in the accident on both the east- and west-bound lanes on I-70 under South County Road 725 East (Bottom Road).
Twelve people were transported to area hospitals — the majority to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, some were taken to IU Health West in Avon, and some to Hendricks Regional Health in Danville.
In addition to the epicenter of the crash, there had been multiple subsequent crashes of vehicles that did not get stopped in time and numerous other vehicles that drove into the ditch to avoid wrecking.
Numerous vehicles were stranded along the road, although not involved in the wreckage, including a chartered bus with Plainfield High School juniors and seniors who had visited Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and a tractor-trailer that was transporting three grown elephants.
Some motorists were stranded there for hours before the interstate reopened.
Indiana State Police worked the accident, with assistance from the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, Plainfield Police Department, the Avon and Plainfield fire departments, and several other agencies.
Earlier this month, Hendricks County Flyer staff writer Steven Penn received to Hoosier State Press Association Awards for his coverage of the accident. He won a first place for Best Spot News Photo and a second place for Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure.
Suspect killed,FBI investigation
On May 10, the Plainfield Police Department supported the FBI investigation involving multiple scenes after a robbery at the State Bank of Lizton branch in Plainfield.