October 11, 2011
Four members of a Northern Indiana family were killed Sunday in a fiery head-on collision in Michigan, just north of the Indiana state line.
Per The Indianapolis Star, the crash — which occurred in Cass County’s Milton Township — killed a married couple, their one-year-old son, and the woman’s mother.
The victims died after a pickup truck that was eastbound on U.S. 12 left the road, and then overcorrected, crossing the center line and striking an oncoming car. Both vehicles flipped over and caught fire.
The driver of the pickup truck was able to get out of his vehicle, but the four people inside the car couldn’t get out in time.
Among the victims were a 57-year-old female, 50-year-old male, 35-year-old female, and one-year-old male. The married couple lived in Mishawaka, Indiana, while the mother lived in South Bend, Indiana.
“I was sitting in my house watching TV and I heard a big explosion,” neighbor Larry Livengood told WSBT-TV. “Immediately you could hear a child crying in the back of the one vehicle. It was very disturbing to see because there was nothing you could do, with the flames so hot and intense. Nobody could get that close to it … I just knelt down and started praying for them. That’s all I could do.”