TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The coroner released the identities of two children killed in a crash on I-70 near Terre Haute Tuesday; four others were also injured in the crash.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said the crash involved two semi-trucks and a van on westbound I-70 at the 16 mile marker, just east of Terre Haute. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m.
Police believe traffic slowed for construction and a semi-truck, driven by 62-year-old Amritpal Singh, failed to do so. He then reportedly rear-ended a van before running into another semi, driven by 57-year-old Russell D. Sims of Indianapolis.
Two children, 1-year-old Finley Bereda and 5-year-old Brennen Bereda, were in the back of the van when the semi hit their vehicle. They died at the scene. Another child, 3-year-old Jordan Bereda, was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. According to ISP, he was still in critical condition as of this morning.
Their 33-year-old mother, Christina Bereda, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital with traumatic injuries. ISP told CBS4 that she’s doing very well physically, and she is expected to be released soon. The family is from Beavercreek, Ohio.
A truck driver was airlifted from the scene in unknown condition.
The crash caused several lane closures in the area.