MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Police say a child was killed in a crash that shut down Interstate 69 in both directions Tuesday afternoon near the Delaware/Madison County line.
Indiana State Police officials said 4-year-old Tavionna Ford of Indianapolis died in the crash. She was not secured in a car seat.
Tavionna’s mother, 20-year-old Monique Ford, is 36 weeks pregnant. She was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Her other child, a 14-month-old son, was taken by medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. He was in a car seat.
Another passenger, 20-year-old Dejour-Kyrie Martin, was taken by medical helicopter to IU Health Methodist Hospital with internal injuries.
The crash happened around noon at the 234 mile marker, at State Road 32/67. This is the exit for Daleville/Chesterfield.
Police officials said a car with five people inside abruptly stopped in the right lane on the northbound side of I-69. As a result, a pickup with two people inside crashed into the back of the car. Investigators weren’t immediately sure what caused the car to stop, as there were no traffic backups in the area at the time. The two people in the pickup were from Luther, Mich. and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The crash caused traffic to stretch for miles. But as of 2:15 p.m., traffic was able to get through.