PERU – A 12-year-old Peru girl was killed Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash after police say a semi driver ran a red light on U.S. 24 just north of Peru.
Scott Baker, 62, Eaton, was driving a semi-tractor pulling a trailer at around 8 a.m. on east U.S. 24. when he ran a red light at Broadway Street and struck a Ford Explorer. The Explorer was turning south onto Broadway Street from U.S. 24, according to a release from the Indiana State Police.
After impact, the Explorer spun into a Chevrolet Cruze driven by Jayson Hall, 43, Peru. The Cruz was facing north on Broadway Street in a turn lane waiting to turn east onto U.S. 24.
Kristina Buffington, 31, Peru, was driving the Explorer. Inside were Amanda Buffington, 12, and Devin Buffington, 8, both from Peru.
Amanda Buffington was pronounced dead at the scene despite life-saving measures taken by first responders.
Kristina Buffington was airlifted from the crash to a Fort Wayne hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Devin Buffington was also flown from the crash scene to a Fort Wayne hospital, suffering facial and head injuries. Police said he was in stable condition at around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Hall was transported from the crash scene via ambulance to a Peru hospital. He was later airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Baker, who was hauling scrap for OJC Trucking in Hartford City, was not injured.
Police say a crash-reconstruction team is collecting and analyzing the evidence from the scene and will prepare a report for the Miami County prosecutor’s office for review. Officers said it does not appear the consumption of alcohol or narcotics contributed to the crash, according to the release.
The state police were assisted at the scene by the Peru Police Department and Miami County Sheriff’s Department.