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Fatal Accident On I-70

Last updated on Sunday, September 23, 2012

(PUTNAM COUNTY) - Indiana State Police say 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.

WTHI reports, 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 died at the scene.

They were successful in removing the 49-year-old mother; 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. The two others injured in the crash are being treated for non-life threatening injures.

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