NEW CASTLE, Ind. (WISH) - A Henry County couple is dead after their car was involved in a fiery crash on Tuesday night. The driver of the car that rear-ended them was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in serious condition.
The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of State Road 3 near Trojan Lane, about one block from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
New Castle Police were not releasing the names of those involved at the scene, pending notification of family members, but said the victims killed in the crash were 32 and 30 years old, and were residents of New Castle. The two were parents to a 6-year-old son.
New Castle Police Chief Jim Nicholson told 24-Hour News 8 that witnesses reported seeing a silver Ford Taurus, driven by a 67-year-old woman from New Castle, speeding, running red stoplights, and driving erratically southbound on State Road 3. Nicholson said investigators believe the Taurus rear-ended the couple's red Plymouth Breeze at a high rate of speed as it was slowing for the stop light at Trojan Lane.
The impact caused the Taurus to flip over on its roof, and caused the Plymouth to burst into flames. Witnesses to the crash and a New Castle Police officer tried to free the couple from the car, but were unsuccessful.
Asked if there were signs that the driver of the Taurus was impaired behind the wheel, Nicholson said that was "unkown, and still under investigation."
"A search warrant was executed on the vehicle driven by the driver that was transported to Methodist Hospital," he said.
Police are still investigating the crash, and say they will forward the case on to the Henry County prosecutor, who will decide if any charges will be filed.
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