VINCENNES, Indiana — (DMN) – Five people were killed in a fiery crash on a rural Indiana highway after their car became wedged beneath a semitrailer and was dragged for several hundred feet before bursting into flames. Indiana State police Sgt. Todd Ringle says the 21-year-old driver was trying to cross a stretch of the four-lane U.S. 41 near Oaktown Wednesday night when the collision happened. Ringle says the four passengers were all younger than 18. Oaktown is in Southwestern Indiana between Terre Haute and Evansville.
The driver, Emma Lockard, 21, of Carlisle, along with her two children, Anna Leigh Hunt, 2, and Noah Jay Hunt, 1, were all pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers, Laura Hull, 17, of Mt. Carmel, IL, and Ronnie Mendoza, 17 of Carlisle, also died. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department says Lockard’s vehicle was coming off Old U.S. 41 near Oaktown, when it crossed the northbound lane and entered the southbound lane. That’s when it became lodged underneath a semi. Police say there was an explosion, causing a fire. Autopsy results all five people died of smoke inhalation. The driver of the truck was not injured.