Breaking News: Brian Burke's son killed in car crash

According to a Maple Leafs release, Brian Burke's son, Brendan, was killed in a car accident earlier today, at 21 years of age. Burke was driving along US Highway 35 when his jeep slid sideways into a nearby car. He succumbed to his injuries soon thereafter.

Out thoughts go out to Brian Burke and his family.

We will have more on this story as it breaks.



More from the Palladium-Item in Indiana.

Heavy accumulations of snowfall on Friday rendered area roads treacherous and claimed the lives of two people, injuring others and sparking a string of slideoffs and fender benders.

Brendan Burke, 21, Canton, Mass., and Mark A. Reedy, 18, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 north of Economy. The accident was reported at 2:50 p.m.

Investigators said Burke was driving eastbound on U.S. 35 in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when, according to witnesses, the vehicle slid sideways into an oncoming 1997 Ford Truck driven by 24-year-old Michael Moreland of Lynn. Moreland was not hurt.

Ninety minutes later, a two-vehicle collision left 20-year-old Kenneth Burns of Richmond in critical condition with internal injuries at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

State police said Burns was driving a 1991 Honda Civic south on U.S. 27 near Pleasant Plain Road when he lost control of the vehicle on the ice- and snow-covered roadway. His Honda rotated counterclockwise into the northbound lane and was struck in the passenger door by a 2000 Freightliner driven by Thomas Rauch, 46, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Authorities responded to more than 115 calls for service in Wayne County. The Indiana State Police reported that they responded to more than 25 accidents, mostly slideoffs, on Interstate 70 in Henry County between mile markers 134 and 123. The accidents caused traffic to stall for hours.

“I won’t say it’s abnormal, but it’s been extremely busy,” Wayne County Chief Deputy Jeff Cappa