WAYNE COUNTY, IND. — Two people died in a car fire along I-70 near Richmond Sunday afternoon.
A witness told Fox 59 one of the passengers told her someone in the car lit a cigarette when another passenger was on oxygen, which sparked the fire.
Lee Gastineau of Avon took these pictures while she and a friend were heading back from Ohio. She says the driver was able to steer into the median, jump out, and get his girlfriend out of the car.
They both suffered severe burns. It was too late for the other two passengers sitting at the back. The car was already engulfed in flames.
“It was something that I probably won’t forget for a long time,” she said. “She was laying in the median. She was charred very very badly. She was crying in pain. [She was] suffering severely. Her boyfriend who was comforting her was burnt too [on] the whole right side of his face. [His] face was burned off. [So were] his arms. It was very very horrific.”
The westbound lanes on I-70 were shut down while crews responded to the scene. Deputies have yet to release the names of the two people killed.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said it will be releasing more information Monday.