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Mother, twin daughters killed in fiery I-465 crash identified

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 13:44:10-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police have identified the mother and her twin 18-month-old daughters who were killed in a horrific crash on I-465 Sunday afternoon.

Alanna Norman Koons, 29, and her twin 18-month-old daughters, Ruby and June Koons, died in the multi-vehicle crash after a semi driver allegedly barreled into stopped traffic on I-465 near Keystone Avenue.

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Indiana State Police say emergency crews were called to the scene around noon. The semi driver, later identified as Bruce Pollard, told investigators that a car that was not involved in the crash cut him and the driver slammed on their brakes before speeding off. Pollard said the incident forced him to slam on his brakes before he ran into the stopped traffic in front of him. Investigators have determined he was allegedly driving well above the posted speed limit at the time of the collision, according to ISP.

Eight vehicles were involved in the crash, six cars, a truck with a mobile home trailer and the semi. One of the vehicles burst into flames at the scene. The driver of that vehicle, Alanna Norman Koons, 29, and her twin 18-month-old daughters, Ruby and June Koons, all died at the scene.

Seven other people were injured in the crash and transported to local hospitals. One of those seven was considered to be in critical condition.

Pollard was arrested Sunday evening on preliminary charges of three counts of reckless homicide and five counts of criminal recklessness causing injury. Formal charges will be determined by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.