The driver and passenger killed in a Monday evening crash along Interstate 64 in Spencer County have been identified.
According to the Spencer County Coroner’s Office, the driver, 58 year old James Michael Steward, and his wife, 55 year old Helen Marie Steward, both of Virginia, were pronounced dead after their 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser was rear ended while stopped in the driving lanes of Interstate 64.
The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists.
At 9:50 P.M. Monday, 19 year old Zachary Henry of Kentucky was traveling east on Interstate 64 in his 2015 Toyota Camry.
As Henry passed the 64.5 mile marker (1.5 miles east of Ferdinand), he unexpectedly drove upon a 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser stopped in the driving lanes of the interstate.
Unable to stop or avoid the Land Cruiser, Henry crashed into the rear of the vehicle, pushing it down an embankment and on its roof.
The driver and passenger in the Land Cruiser, both from Virginia, were pronounced dead by the Spencer County Coroner.
The Coroner’s office is currently working to identify the victims and notify the families. Henry suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists. State Police were assisted at the scene by Ferdinand Police and Spencer County Sheriff’s Departments, Ferdinand and Saint Meinrad Fire Departments, Lifeline Air Ambulance, and Memorial Hospital EMS.