Trucker Arrested After 7-Vehicle Crash Killed A Mother And Her Two Toddlers
Indianapolis, Indiana – A trucker has been arrested after a mother and her twin toddlers were killed in a fiery crash when the 18-wheeler he was driving slammed into slowed traffic on Interstate 465 on Sunday, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD).
The trucker, identified as Bruce Pollard, 57, of Sturgeon, Missouri, was traveling westbound on I-465 when witnesses say he drove into slowed traffic at a fast speed.
The incident took place at mile marker 33 near Keystone Avenue in a construction zone.
According to local news outlet WISH, Pollard told police he was en route to Ohio when a white car (not involved in the crash) cut in front of him.
Pollard said he slammed on brakes, but could not stop in time and hit the cars in front of him.
Pollard’s semi struck a passenger vehicle, which burst into flames, witnesses told the Indiana State Police (ISP).
Officials said the truck then hit two more cars, overturned a pickup truck hauling a camper, and pinned a car against the concrete shoulder barrier.
The big rig then dragged the pinned vehicle approximately 300 yards before hitting two additional cars and finally coming to a stop, according to investigators.
Debris from the accident spanned more than three quarters of a mile.
It took 45 minutes for three local fire departments to extricate five adults from two of the cars involved in the accident.
The three deceased were in the first vehicle that was engulfed in flames, authorities said.
Police officially identified the victims early Monday morning as 29-year-old Alanna Norman Koons from Indianapolis and her 18-month-old twin daughters, June and Ruby.
Alanna and her husband, Joey, celebrated their three year wedding anniversary last week.
In addition to three fatalities, the seven vehicle accident resulted in seven adults taken to local hospitals.
Two are listed in “serious condition,” while the remaining five in “good condition.”
Pollard was treated for a minor abrasion at the scene.
Witnesses did not corroborate Pollard’s claim he was cut off by a white vehicle, according to investigators.
The incident remains under investigation, but authorities believe the truck’s speed was a significant factor.
The eastbound lanes of I-465 were closed until the evening as crews cleaned up the scene.
It reopened around 9:15 p.m. Sunday evening.
Pollard was hauling a load of metal shelving and pulling trailer belonging to Weston Trucking out of North Kansas City, Missouri.
ISP issued a statement Sunday evening saying Pollard was arrested on three preliminary counts of reckless homicide and five preliminary counts of criminal recklessness causing injury.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the investigation.