Four Young People Dead in Fiery I-70 Construction Zone Crash, Trucker to Face Charges
UPDATED Friday @ 7:50 a.m.
Wayne County, IN – A trucker is facing serious charges in a fiery three-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of four young people along Interstate 70 on Thursday evening.
According to the Indiana State Police (ISP), the deadly accident occurred at approximately 5:07 p.m. along eastbound I-70 just west of a construction zone in Wayne County.
A preliminary investigation indicated Corey Withrow, age 31 of Camden, OH, was operating a 2004 Kenworth pulling a loaded trailer in the right (driving lane) when the truck came upon traffic that was slowed to merge left into the left passing lane for a construction zone.
Investigators say Withrow was speeding and failed to slow down before striking a Chevrolet passenger car, driven by Aaron Bruce, 34 of Kansas City, in the rear that was slowed in the right lane.
The impact pushed the Chevy forward into the left rear corner of a semi-trailer, which was also in the right lane directly in front of the passenger car.
ISP determined, “The first semi continued pushing the passenger car into the left lane and eventually off onto the berm of the left lane where the two vehicles burst into flames.”
A passerby successfully pulled the driver of the passenger car out of the vehicle, but none of his four passengers, ISP said.
The driver of the passenger car was transported to a hospital in Indianapolis with severe injuries.
A med-flight helicopter could be seen leaving the area.
Sadly though, ISP confirmed the four passengers in the car perished.
ISP identified them as Anesa Noel Acosta, age 15; Quintin Michael McGowan, age 13; Brekkin Riley Bruce, age 8; and Trentin Beau Bruce, age 6.
Withrow was able to escape his burning rig and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to ISP.
The driver of the second semi, Thomas Flaherty, age 57, of Springfield, OH, was uninjured.
Both eastbound and westbound traffic was backed up for miles as emergency crews worked to render aid and clear the scene, according to officials.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department indicates that Withrow’s toxicology results revealed he had multiple drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
He has been arrested and charged with four counts of Reckless Homicide, four counts of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, and another count of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury.
A public records check reveals Withrow was previously indicted in December of 2018 on an aggravated possession of drugs charge by a Preble County, OH grand jury.
TransportationNation.com will continue to investigate and monitor this developing story.
Photo courtesy ISP