A pickup truck collided with a Chevrolet Cavalier in northeastern Howard County Saturday evening, killing a 13-year-old passenger in the car and injuring two others.

Although the teen was wearing a seat belt and the car’s air bags deployed, the force of the impact was too great, according to Howard County Coroner Brad Bray.

The girl’s name was not released as officials were still trying to notify family members late Saturday.

The driver of the Cavalier, whose name also was not released, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of injuries not believed to be life threatening.

The driver of the truck, Clayton Silence, 23, Kokomo, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment.

The deadly crash occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at 600 East and 400 North, north of the Kokomo Airport.

A state police accident reconstructionist was called to examine the scene to determine the direction of travel of both cars due the extensive damage, Sheriff Deputy Larry Sparks said.

Officials at the scene are waiting for results, but said it appears the Cavalier was traveling north on 600 East and drove into the path of the truck, which was westbound on 400 North. The truck slammed into the passenger side of the car, sending it into a utility pole, sheriff deputies said on the scene.

Deputies are unsure if the Cavalier stopped at the stop sign for the north-south traffic.

Both people in the Cavalier were trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut free by emergency workers.

The truck, which was towing a flatbed trailer, had the right of way.

Greentown Volunteer Fire Department, St. Joseph Hospital, Howard Regional Health System ambulance crews and Howard County/Kokomo Emergency Management officers assisted in the accident.

Mike Fletcher may be reached at (765) 454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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