A mother and her two 18-month-old twins are dead, and seven other people are injured after a semi-truck collision on I-465 in Indianapolis. The crash happened near the Tabor Law Firm offices and the Keystone Avenue exit around noon on Sunday.
The IndyStar is reporting that witnesses said a semi-truck didn’t see the traffic stopped in front of him, and he plowed into a line of cars at a “high rate of speed.”
Investigators say the driver hit the first car, and it burst into flames. The truck then hit two other cars, flipped a Chevy truck carrying a trailer, pinned a fourth car against the shoulder and dragged that vehicle 300 yards before hitting two more vehicles and finally coming to a stop.
The coroner identified the victims as 29-year-old Alanna Norman Koons and 18-month-old twins June and Ruby Koons.
“This is one of those that has a ripple effect on so many people. In a split second, dozens of lives are affected,” Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine said.
Officers arrested 57-year-old semi-truck driver, Bruce Pollard, and charged him with three counts of reckless homicide and five counts of criminal recklessness causing injury.
Pollard was driving for Weston Transportation out of Missouri. The company owns 23 trucks and has 20 drivers.
Department of Transportation records show that Weston Transportation has had six unsafe driving violations since 2017—two for following too close, two for lane restriction violations, one for speeding, and one for unlawfully parking and/or leaving vehicle in the roadway.
Tabor Law Firm understands that the trucking industry is vital for our economy. Delivering goods from manufacturers to consumers on our extensive network of highway systems. But this equates to thousands of trucks sharing roads with hardworking Hoosiers, especially on I-65, I-69, U.S. 30, I-94, and 465. Every 16 minutes in the United States, a person suffers an injury or wrongful death due to a truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi-truck collision in Indiana, call Tabor Law Firm as soon as possible. We have handled hundreds of truck accident cases, and we work diligently to ensure our clients get the legal support they need as we work to obtain the full compensation they deserve.