4-year-old Indianapolis girl killed, 6 others injured in I-69 crash
State police say a four-year-old Indianapolis girl was killed and six others were injured in a crash on Interstate 69 near Anderson.
Tavionna Ford died in the crash near Daleville shortly before noon Tuesday.
Indiana State Police Master Trooper Ron Huff tells Eyewitness News a mid-sized Chrysler stopped in the right lane of I-69 northbound for an unknown reason. The vehicle was struck from behind by a Dodge pick-up truck driven by 72-year-old Harold Shemberger Jr. of Luther, Michigan.
Ford was taken to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, where she died shortly after her arrival. Police say she was not in a child restraint as she rode in the backseat of the car at the time of the crash.
The car's driver, 41-year-old Donna Randolph, and Ford's mother, Monique, were taken to Ball Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Monique Ford is 36 weeks pregnant.
Another of Ford's children, 14-month-old Larry, was flown by medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Police say he was in a child restraint. Dejour-Kyrie Martin, 20, was riding in the backseat with the children, and was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital with internal injuries.
Both Martin and Larry Ford are said to have life-threatening injuries.
Shemberger and his wife were taken to Ball Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are still working to explain the accident and will use the car's electronic data recorder to try to determine why it stopped. By chance, an off-duty state trooper was traveling behind the pick-up truck when the crash occurred.
"According to his statement, there is nothing that second vehicle could have done," Huff said.
The highway was closed in both directions between mile markers 234 and 226, east of Anderson. The crash closed all lanes of the highway for about two hours and northbound lanes for an additional 90 minutes.