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Interstate crash claims two lives


December 18, 2013 | 09:26 AM

Two people, including a 2-year-old child, were killed a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Interstate 64 east of Corydon, and the child's 11-month-old sister remained in critical condition as of press time yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

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Emergency personnel walk back to the scene as an Air Methods Air Ambulance lifts off near of a fatal, two-car crash Thursday morning on Interstate 64 east of Corydon. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)
According to a crash report from the Harrison County Sheriff's Dept., Troy J. Krueger, 23, was driving a 2004 Nissan 350Z convertible west on I-64 when, at the 106.5 mile marker just after 9 a.m., for an unknown reason, the car veered off the south side of the road and through the grassy median. The Nissan slid sideways through the median into the eastbound lanes of traffic, where it struck a 2007 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Carla S. Yeager, 47, of Laconia. Yeager and her daughter, Kayla Yeager, age not available, also of Laconia, who was riding in the front passenger seat, were not seriously injured in the crash.

One of the rear-seat passengers of the SUV, Marissa Summers, 2, was pronounced dead at the scene. Summers' younger sister, Brynlee, who turns 1 Sunday, was flown from the scene with critical injuries via Air Methods Air Ambulance Service and transported to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. The crash report says both children were restrained in their car seats, and all three adults were wearing their seat belts.

Michael Whitehouse was driving a semi loaded with cars immediately behind the SUV, en route from Kansas City to Louisville, and narrowly avoided making the crash even worse.

"I saw the snow flying everywhere in the median and I just knew it was a car out of control. I got on the brakes and swerved to the right to keep from striking either of the vehicles. I went off the road and thought (my truck) might roll over but it stayed up on its wheels," Whitehouse said at the scene. "The crash was terrible. Just terrible. My thoughts are with all those people and the little girls."

Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore said autopsies were performed and Marissa Summers' cause of death was blunt force trauma and internal injuries to the chest and neck; Krueger, who was active-duty Navy stationed in Virginia, died of multiple blunt-force trauma.

The crash remains under investigation.

Funds set up to help crash victims

At least three funds have been established to help the Yeager/Summers family following last week's deadly crash.

Donations can be made at Regions (write Yeager/Summers on check memo line) and First Harrison (indicate Kayla Yeager Benefit Fund) banks to help with funeral and medical expenses.

A fund also has been established at the Harrison County Purdue Extension Office in Corydon to help the Summers family with travel and food expenses, among others. Receipts are available to anyone who makes a donation, which are not tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the "Summers Family from Extension Family." Contributions can be dropped off during regular office hours or mailed to Harrison County Purdue Extension Office, c/o Summers Family Fund from Extension Family, 247 Atwood St., Corydon, IN 47112.

Tomorrow (Thursday), during kids' night, there will be a fundraiser at Ryan's Family Steak House in Corydon, where Kayla Yeager is employed. From 5 to 8 p.m., people can take a photo with Santa Claus (bring your own camera) by making a free-will donation.

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