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Mother, son among 3 killed in wrong-way crash on Indiana highway

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WISH) — A mother and her juvenile son were among three people killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 265 in southern Indiana Saturday night.

Indiana State Police say drivers reported a white KIA Sportage SUV was going the wrong way in the southbound lanes of I-65 from Lewis and Clark Parkway Saturday night around 9:15. The driver turned the SUV west onto I-265 moments later and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Police say at approximately 9:17 p.m. callers reported a head-on crash involving the SUV and another vehicle near mile-marker 5. Responders from multiple agencies were called to the scene where they found a white 20017 Chevrolet Cavalier involved in the collision.

The driver of the SUV, Taylor Barefoot, 31, of Louisville, Ky., was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville with “severe injuries.”

Two women and their juvenile sons were inside the Cavalier at the time of the crsah. The driver, Taylor Cole, 21, of Marengo, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene. Leah Renee Onstott, 22, of Depauw, Ind, was sitting in the front passenger seat. Onstott was taken to University Hospital where she later died.

Cole’s son was taken to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville where he was pronounced dead. Onstott’s son was also taken to Norton’s Children’s Hospital where he is in unknown condition.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The investigation into the crash and a possible criminal investigation are ongoing.