SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. (WAVE) - Main Street just outside Scottsburg is normally a quiet road. That changed in an instant Friday when a Ford Explorer traveling at a high speed left the road, flipping multiple times.
“You could hear what sounded like a large boom down the road,” Darryl Walker, who lives nearby, said.
The early morning crash of a SUV killed two men and three women. It happened around 2 a.m. Friday on the east side of Main Street, north of Scottsburg.
Sgt. Carey Huls, spokesman for the Indiana State Police Sellersburg post, said the SUV was the only vehicle involved. The SUV left the roadway and overturned multiple times throwing the five killed from the vehicle, according to Huls.
All five deceased victims were identified Friday. Police say they are Jeremiah James Akers, 18, Christopher Paul Dry, 18, Wandella Marie Brown, 22, Elizabeth Michelle Wagner, 20, and Sarah Starling, 16. All five victims were from Indiana.
Brown is believed to be the driver of the vehicle. Adam Wayne Parker, 20, and Shelby Lynn Griffin were flown to University Hospital for treatment. As of Friday evening, Parker was listed in “stable" condition and Griffin in serious condition.
“Oh, it’s heartbreaking, absolutely," Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin said. “In a small county, everybody knows everybody. There’s obviously five families deeply, deeply grieving today and all of Scott County is grieving with those families.”
Huls said none of the seven people in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.
“It’s unusual. You don’t hear of that, especially to have that many lose their life in an instant, just in one stupid mistake that somebody made and then to have five people that’s no longer here, it’s just really sad,” Cantrell Reynolds, who lives down the road from where the wreck happened, said. “I feel sorry for them, especially all the people that’s lost their life.”
Others said people often speed on the stretch of road where the crash happened and accidents, including serious ones, have happened in the area before.
“This road here, they drive pretty fast but you just don’t hear of any accidents hardly. That’s the part of what makes it so weird, of what happened,” Reynolds said.
Scott County District 2 said Brown and Wagner were Scottsburg High graduates. Akers was about to start his senior year.
In a statement sent to WAVE 3 news Superintendent of Scott County District 2, Marc Slaton said:
ISP says this is a rural area and the road is shut down as they investigate.
“One person is a terrible thing but when you lose five in one crash, it’s horrific. It really is,” Goodin said.
According to Huls, the crash scene covers a large area. Investigators will launch a drone to get an aerial view of the scene as they work to determine the cause of the crash.