'Miracle' teen survived crash that killed Minnesota grandparents


A New Brighton, Minnesota, couple was killed Saturday afternoon and their teenage granddaughter was hospitalized after a chain-reaction crash during stop-and-go traffic on an Indiana interstate, reports say.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department said Sylvia Kay Shaw, 66, John Leonard Shaw, 66, and their 13-year-old granddaughter were in a Toyota SUV on Interstate 70 near New Castle, Indiana, when they were hit from behind by a semi, then pushed into the rear of another semi and another car, WTHR reports.

The Shaws were pronounced dead on the scene and the 13 year old, who was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, WISH reports.

“You just wouldn’t believe that she was able to survive that accident,” Sheriff's Deputy Landon Dean told the Star Tribune, adding that it's “a miracle she is going to be OK.”

She is listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit with a broken hip, arm and leg, according to the Associated Press.

Dean told the Star Tribune that the vehicle was unrecognizable. The road was closed for over three hours as crews cleaned up the scene, WTHR says.

Everyone in the SUV was wearing seatbelts, the sheriff's department says. No one in the other vehicles were injured.

Officials said traffic was stalled because of construction a few miles ahead. Richard Engstrom, 59, was behind the wheel of the semi that hit the Shaws. He said he "didn't know traffic was stopped for some reason," the Star Tribune reports.

No criminal charges have been filed and the crash is still under investigation, the Indy Channel says.

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