WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. (FOX19) - Two teens and two children died in a crash in Wayne County Thursday evening, a news release from the Indiana State Patrol said.
Deputies responded around 5 p.m. to a 3-vehicle crash on I-70, just west of the Cambridge City exit.
They found a car and a semi pulling a box trailer off the left side of eastbound I-70 fully engulfed in flames.
The preliminary investigation by state troopers indicates the semi was eastbound in the right-hand lane when it encountered traffic that was slowed to merge into the left passing lane for a construction zone.
Troopers say the semi failed to slow down and hit the car in the rear, pushing it forward into the rear corner of another semi-trailer.
The first semi continued pushing the car until it went off onto the berm where the two vehicles burst into flames, troopers said.
A passerby was able to pull the driver of the car out of the vehicle, but none of his passengers.
The news release says Aaron Bruce, 34, of Kansas City, Missouri was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis with severe injuries.
Troopers say Anesa Noel Acosta, 15, Quintin Michael McGowan, 13, Brekkin Riley Bruce, 8, and Trentin Beau Bruce, 6, died as a result of the crash.
According to the release, the driver of the first semi, Cory Withrow, 33, of Camden, Ohio, escaped his burning semi with non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Reid Health Hospital in Richmond.
The driver of the second semi, Thomas Flaherty, 57, of Springfield, Ohio, was not hurt.
The preliminary criminal investigation by the Wayne County Sherriff’s Department indicates that drugs were a contributing factor in causing the crash and that criminal charges are forthcoming, the release said.