Off-duty taxi crash near Horseshoe Casino leaves 4 dead

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 6:19 AM

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A fiery head-on crash woke neighbors along Indiana Highway 111 just after midnight Monday morning.

"By the time we got there, the car had blew up," neighbor Collean Carroll said. "It blew up like five times, but the one guy did get out."

The lone survivor of the crash was a cab driver, who witnesses said was driving aggressively toward the Horseshoe Casino before crossing the center line, striking a Cadillac coming from the other direction.

The cab burst into flames.

"The vehicle that was engulfed in flames passed several vehicles as it was traveling south, we do know that," Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills said.

WHAS11 News has learned that the driver worked for Yellow Cab in Louisville. We found his cab number among the wreckage and witnessed a co-worker show up at the scene during the early morning hours.

We contacted Yellow Cab, but the company said "no comment."

Sources say the driver was off-duty and was taking his fiance' and friends to the casino.

"He just said he had the love of his life with him and she was burned up and he had his two best friends with him," Carroll said. "He was crying, bleeding and later he collapsed."

The driver of the Cadillac has been identified as 60-year-old Thomas Stinson, Jr.

"It's just been a tough day. It's just been a tough day," Thomas' brother Scott said.

Scott says Tom was a former Louisville Police Officer who left the force after being involved in a bad accident more than 20 years ago.

"He was a very, very, very good brother. And he was a friend to all. Anybody ever asked him to do anything, he'd do it for them," Scott Stinson said.

Crews were back on the scene Monday afternoon surveying damage.

The cab driver has not been identified. The Floyd County Coronor released the identities of the victims: Michael Roby, Tera Hirsecorn, Laura Weigard, and Thomas Stinson, Jr. All of the victims are from Louisville.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a joint press conference with the Floyd County Prosecutor's office for at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.

The cab driver was listed in fair condition at University of Louisville Hospital.

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