Originally created 01/06/02

Dead tree falls on moving car, killing four



GREENFIELD, Ind. -- A dead tree fell on top of a passing car, crushing the passenger compartment and killing a minister, his wife and two of their children.

"No wind. No storm. The chances of that tree falling at the time they were directly underneath it are astronomical," said Hancock County Sheriff Nick Gulling.

Authorities identified those killed in Monday night's accident as Stan Jones, 47, Beth Jones, 39, and their children Tyler, 10, and Lauren, 6. A third child, 4-year-old Emily, survived the accident and was listed in fair condition Tuesday night at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The family was driving on a narrow road at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday outside Greenfield - about 20 miles east of Indianapolis - when a large oak tree fell directly on top of their car.

Stan Jones was the pastor of Buck Creek Baptist Church in the Cumberland section of Indianapolis.