CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One person is dead after a two-car, head-on crash Sunday in Clinton County, and an 13-year-old boy is a hero to his siblings – and the community.
According to county dispatchers, two cars collided just after 3:15 p.m. in the 3200 block of N. State Road 39. Dispatchers tell News 18 that section of State Road 39 is known as "Burn's Curve."
Investigators say a car was southbound on 39 when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason. It was hit by a van heading north. Investigators say both vehicles burst into flames immediately.
The van contained six people. A passenger, 13-year-old Caleb Siebert, was able to help get his siblings out of the car. Those siblings are 11-year-old Kassidy Siebert, 10-year-old Karina Castenada, 6-year-old Klarissa Castenada and 3-year-old Kloe Castenada.
Caleb was burned on his legs, but all five children were treated and released from St. Vincent's Hospital in Frankfort.
The children's mother, 39-year-old Kian Kleefman, freed herself from the crash but ingested a lot of smoke and was airlifted to Methodist Hospital and then taken to Wishard Burn Unit in Indianapolis.
The driver of the car that crossed the center line died while trapped in the car. The identity of that driver has not yet been revealed.
The road was re-opened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Boone County Fatal Accident Team is helping investigate.
Clinton County Coroner Amanda Abbott said the autopsy on that individual is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.
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