CENTERVILLE – Wayne County authorities have identified two people who died after a car caught fire near Centerville.
Ronnie Joe Pratt, 62 and Deborah L. Pratt, 62, both from Indianapolis, died Sunday after the car they were riding in erupted in flames on westbound Interstate 70 near the 147 mile marker.
The driver, Thomas Barham II, and another passenger, Tina Brooks, survived the accident. Barham was treated at Reid Memorial Hospital. Brooks was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
A witness told police that he was following the vehicle just before the accident. The car started drifting left and then exploded. The car drove into the median and went on its side before coming to a stop.
The witness told police he tried to help, but was unable to because the fire was too intense.
Investigators recovered two oxygen cylinders in the vehicle—one in the trunk and another inside the vehicle.
The fire forced police to close westbound lanes of I-70 near Centerville for almost three hours.