Fatal Orange County Crash

Fatal Orange County Crash (WXIN-TV FOX59 / January 12, 2010)

Police say a steel coil wasn't properly tied down when it fell from a truck and killed three people and injured a young girl on a southern Indiana highway.

Trooper Bill Flick says the semi-trailer was hauling steel coils on state Highway 37 about 8:30 p.m. Monday when it rounded a curve and a nearly 44,000-pound coil came loose from the trailer and crushed the vehicles. He says the truck and cars didn't collide.

The accident took place about a mile north of Orleans.

The department said Tuesday the coil struck a pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Zachary Staggs of Bedford, killing him and 21-year-old Shannon Steele of Jasper and injuring 11-year-old Mackenzie Taylor. She was taken by helicopter to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky., where she was listed in fair condition.

The coil also hit a car, killing the driver, 41-year-old Michael Daugherty of Mitchell.

The semitrailer driver was given a ticket for having the coil improperly secured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.