Four children, all siblings are dead after a semi-trailer operated by a intoxicated trucker on Thursday evening in Indiana.
According to a release by the Indiana State Police, the siblings aged 15,13,8, and 6 we killed when a 2004 Kenworth pulling a loaded dry van trailer failed to slow down as it neared a construction area near Cambridge City on Interstate 70. The trucker, 31-year old Corey Withrow hit a 2020 Chevy Malibu driven by the sibling’s father and pushed it into the rear of a another semi and then both vehicles caught fire.
“The semi came along, did not adjust his speed for slowed traffic and he simply hit the back of the Chevy passenger car at full road speed,” said Sgt. John Bowling, spokesperson for Indiana State Police. “When he hit them, he pushed them forward and they glanced off the semi-trailer and he just continued pushing them across the left lane, down the berm until both vehicles burst to flames and came to rest.”
A Good Samaritan was able to pull the father of the children out of the vehicle, however they were unable to save any of the children from the car. The father was airlifted to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, where he is listed in critical condition in the burn unit.
Withrow was able to escape his truck with non-life threatening injuries, treated at a local hospital and later booked into the Wayne County Jail on four counts of reckless homicide, four counts of operating while intoxicated causing death and one count of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. Preliminary toxicology results indicate he had multiple drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
Withrow has a long history of drug convictions. In 2016, Withrow plead guilty to possession of heroin. Then in 2019, he was convicted of aggravated possession of drugs. He was sentenced to three years of community control and ordered to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.
Withrow was a driver for Ohio-based trucking company Barnets Inc. The Trucking company, which lists 39 trucks and 39 drivers according to the FMCSA, as been involved in 6 other crashes since December, 2018 with at least four people listed as injured according to DATA contained on the FMCSA’s SAFER database.
Freight Broker Live reached out to Barnet’s in order to get a comment. We have not received a comment at the time of this writing.