Teen brothers killed when car hits tree, splits in half outside Orland

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STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — Two teenage brothers have died after the vehicle they were riding in left a Steuben County roadway and hit a tree, ejecting them.

Police and medics were called just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday to C.R. 675 West, just south of S.R. 120 east of Orland, on a report of a crash. Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a Lexus sedan split in two.

A police report said the Lexus was speeding down 675 West when the driver – 16-year-old Tyler Michael Curtis of Orland – lost control over a small hill in the roadway. The vehicle crossed the northbound lane, traveled off the roadway and hit a tree nearly head-on.

Flowers are laid around a tree where a vehicle crashed outside Orland on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

The impact split the sedan in two, and Curtis and his 14-year-old passenger were ejected.

Tyler Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene by the Steuben County Coroner.

His brother – 14-year-old Chace Curtis of Orland – was airlifted to the hospital in “critically stable condition,” police said. He died Friday morning.

The brothers attended Prairie Heights Community Schools in LaGrange County, police said. The District Superintendent Jeff Reed released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of this tragic accident. We will do everything we can to help our staff and students get through this, but ultimately we are devastated for the parents and family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Deputies are still working to determine whether seat belts were in use, but the airbags did deploy. The roadway was clear and dry at the time of the crash, the report said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Orland Fire Rescue, Steuben County EMS, Samaritan Helicopter and the Angola Police Department.

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