TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. (Dec. 26, 2014) — Four people, including two children, lost their lives in a car crash in Tipton County on the day after Christmas.
Investigators with the Indiana State Police say the 2001 Jaguar was hit by a semi truck on U.S. 31 near 250 South around 8:45 a.m. Friday. The lone survivor from that car was airlifted to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis with life threatening injuries.
“There was absolutely nothing left of it. It was sad it was really, really sad,” said Linda Louthen, a neighbor who saw the car moments after the crash.
Investigators say the Jaguar was headed south on U.S. 31 and somehow lost control. The driver overcorrected, crossed the median and ended up on the other side of the road. State Police say a fully loaded semi truck, driven by William Stump of Carmel, moved to the shoulder to avoid the car, but couldn’t.
“I did see some semi drivers with their fire extinguishers running to… I couldn’t see what it was at first, but it was a car that had evidently caught fire,” Louthen said.
Two adults and two children died. A teenage girl suffered life threatening injuries. Investigators are trying to figure out who is at fault. It’s not known, right now, if the truck could have stopped. Big rig drivers, like Alvin Johnson, say loaded trucks don’t stop on a dime.
“It does make it hard, so you gotta adjust with the shifting and all that so you definitely have to be in control of your truck. But it is pretty difficult,” Johnson said.
State Police have not released the names of the victims.