Three people were killed on their way to a funeral in a crash in Montgomery County Thursday morning. The crash happened around 10 a.m. on State Road 47 near County Road 600. A semi tractor trailer overturned onto a vehicle in the crash.
Pastor Rodney Coffman said he is doing his best to comfort father Chester Lee Mills Sr. of Waveland.
"Members of the funeral party were coming to the funeral we were just getting ready to begin at 10:30am," said Coffman.
The roads were icy and snow covered but friends and family were coming to pay their respects to Amber Mills, the 43-year-old mom who lost her battle to lung cancer. Her death was bad enough for her husband Chester. But at 10 a.m. someone got a phone call.
"They got word there'd been an accident," said Coffman.
Amber's step-children came up from Georgia to pay their respects. Amber's step-daughter also brought her boyfriend.
Chester Mills is now grieving for the loss of two of his children along with his wife.
"The roads were snow covered, it appears weather related," said Chief Deputy Ryan Neeham, with Indiana State Police.
The semi driver is a local man from the Waveland area. He works with his father at Recycled Goods trucking.
"He's driven a truck for many years and in fact he kind of had a record for how many miles he drove without an accident," said Kirk Rewerts, who lives in Waveland.
The semi landed on top of the victim's car in a ravine by the side of the road. The victims were pinned in the car for hours.
"They couldn't get the bodies removed," said Larry Servies, funeral director at Machledt and Servies. "From what I understand it just mashed it into a tree."
Pastor Coffman was supposed to hold a luncheon to grieve for Amber but went on with the luncheon at Christians in Action church with friends and family grieving for three more victims.
Chester Mills Sr. said the suffering is beyond words.
"There are not enough words to describe the grief this man has at this time. All I can think of is in the words of Job how he endured. He would never curse God," said Coffman. "Job lost all his family and this man is experiencing something so close to that."
The victim's mother traveled up from Georgia.