PUTNAM CO., Ind. (WTHI) - UPDATE: News 10 has just confirmed with Indiana State Police that two have died at the scene, one of which was a child, and three people are injured in a wreck that involved four vehicles on I-70 near the 43-mile-marker.
Preliminary investigation revealed eastbound traffic was stopped for construction when a 2007 Volvo tractor pulling a box trailer and driven by Jordan Moore, age 27, of Quebec, Canada failed to stop and struck a silver, 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the rear driven by William Bertelmann, age 60, of Burleson, Texas.
The pickup then veered to the right and overturned off the south edge of the roadway. The tractor-trailer continued forward and struck the rear of a 1991 BMW passenger car.
The BMW then burst into flames and struck the rear of a gray 2010 Kia driven by Willie Clemmons, age 75, of Cahokia, IL.
Motorists at the scene made multiple attempts to remove the toddler stuck in the back of BMW; however, all attempts were unsuccessful. The toddler, Zacchia Bronson, 3, of Pascagoula, Mississippi died at the scene.
They were successful in removing the 49-year-old mother, Emma Bronson of Pascagoula, Mississippi; however, she died from her injuries at the scene.
The 47-year-old father and driver of the BMW survived the crash, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and is being treated for neck and back pain.
Their names are not being released at this time. Positive identification of the deceased is underway by Putnam County Deputy Coroners Dave Brown and Steve Walters.
The crash investigation is underway by ISP trooper Dan Criswell. Assisting were multiple ISP troopers, Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Putnam County Coroner's Office, Putnam County Operation Life, Cloverdale Police Department and Cloverdale Township Fire/Rescue
Moore was listed in critical condition after he went through the windshield.
Bertelmann's was stated to be in current condition at this time. Moore's condition is still unknown.
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News 10 will continue to bring you the latest information as it becomes available.
News 10 has a crew on the way to the scene of a bad wreck involving a semi and multiple vehicles at the 43-mile-marker on I-70.
Scanner traffic suggests that multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck. They have mentioned that a semi driver was ejected from his vehicle and one vehicle is completely engulfed in flames.
Scanners also stated that there may be entrapment in at least one of the vehicles.
Both east bound and west bound lanes has been stopped due to the wreck.
Lifeline has been called in.
Police are working to divert traffic from both lanes.
News 10 will bring you more information as our crews arrive on scene.
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