* Four others injured in accident
PARKE COUNTY -- Indiana State Police have officially released the names of two people killed and four others injured in a fatal accident on State Road 59 Saturday afternoon.
According to a press release, at 12:33 p.m. today, Indiana State Police Troopers and Parke County Emergency agencies responded to a two-vehicle crash on SR 59 near County Road 675 East in southeastern Parke County. The road was closed for more than five hours during the investigation and removal of injured.
Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1991 Buick passenger car was northbound on SR 59 near CR 675 E and, for an unknown reason, crossed the centerline and struck a southbound white 1995 Mercury passenger car head-on.
ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers Bernie Cook, Marty Kipp and Ron Douglas drove upon the crash, radioed for help, and immediately provided first-aid treatment until other officers and emergency medical help arrived.
The driver of the Buick, Patricia A. Pritchard, 65, Brazil, and front seat passenger, Candy L. Thompson, 45, Hillsboro, Ind., were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Parke County Coroner's Office. The back seat passengers, Tyreese Brewer, 3, and Larry Brewer, 2, both from Brazil, were both airlifted to Indianapolis Hospitals for their injuries. Tyreese was transported to Riley's Children Hospital for leg injuries, while Larry was transported to Methodist Hospital for internal injuries.
Pritchard was the great-grandmother of the toddlers.
The driver of the southbound Mercury, Allen Long, 37, Rockville, was trapped in his vehicle for nearly one hour before being extricated. He was airlifted to Methodist Hospital for multiple fractures. His son, who was riding in the back seat, Christopher Long, 5, Rockville, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil, for internal injuries.
Officials confirmed all adults were wearing seatbelts and the children were in child restraint seats and the roadway was dry at the time of the crash.
As of this time, it is unknown if alcohol/drugs were involved. However, troopers found no obvious signs of alcohol/drug use during their initial investigation.
No tickets were issued and the families of the deceased have been notified.
ISP Trooper Troy Cobb was assisted by ISP Crash Reconstructionists, other ISP Troopers, Parke County Sheriff's Department, Parke County Coroner's Office, Parke County EMS, Trans Care EMS, Lifeline Air Ambulance Service, Air-Evac Air Ambulance Service and members of Bridgeton, Bellmore, and Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Departments.