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An Indiana State Police Trooper takes a photo of the scene of a fatal wreck on eastbound I-70 near the four-mile marker near West Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, May 13, 2017. Authorities say several people are dead after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a car and then hit a flatbed truck hauling steel bars in western Indiana. (Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)
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4 dead after tractor-trailer crash in western Indiana

An Indiana State Police Trooper takes a photo of the scene of a fatal wreck on eastbound I-70 near the four-mile marker near West Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, May 13, 2017. Authorities say several people are dead after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a car and then hit a flatbed truck hauling steel bars in western Indiana. (Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a car and then hit a flatbed truck hauling steel bars in western Indiana.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts tells the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/2qhzoNO ) the car erupted into flames after it was hit Saturday evening along Interstate 70 west of Terre Haute. Three occupants in the car were killed.

Watts says the tractor-trailer then hit the Maverick flatbed truck, and steel bars on the flatbed skewered the tractor-trailer, killing the driver.

Watts says the accident occurred as traffic slowed in the eastbound lanes because of an active fire. Watts says the tractor-trailer failed to slow before rear-ending the car.

The accident closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 in the area, creating long traffic backups.

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