MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Two people are dead following a crash on Interstate 74 Saturday afternoon. The incident happened just before 3:00 p.m.. in the eastbound lane near mile marker 25, which is the Waynetown exit.
According to Indiana State Police Trooper Nathan Hampton, 46-year-old Ruben Carter of North Carolina, was driving a semi pulling a flat bed, loaded with steel cable.
Carter began slowing down, when a car, driven by 42-year-old Max Bruner II of Crawfordsville, failed to slow down, and hit the rear of the flat bed.
Max and his 10-year-old son, Bradley Bruner, who was sitting in the back seat, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradley was only wearing his lap belt and not the shoulder harness.
9-year-old Sabrina Bruner, who was sitting in the front seat, had to be extricated, and was airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis with life threatening injuries.
Sabrina was wearing her seat belt.
3-year-old Max Bruner III, who was buckled into a child safety seat in the back, received minor injuries and was taken to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville.
Carter was not injured and there was no load loss from the semi. There was approximately $20,000 in damages to the flat bed.
Eastbound lanes of I-74 were closed for approximately three hours.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
There were several two hour delays for area schools Thursday morning. As of Thursday evening, there are none for Friday morning.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.