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Couple killed in RV crash were returning from NASCAR race

A retired Indiana school principal who was NASCAR star Jeff Gordon's driver's education teacher was killed with his wife in a crash while returning from watching Gordon race.

Officials say 78-year-old Larry Sparks and 77-year-old Jacqueline Sparks of Pittsboro, Indiana, died in Monday's crash in Campbell County. The couple's RV went off Interstate 75 near Jellico and ran into a tree.

Larry Sparks was a teacher and principal at Tri-West High School near Indianapolis and his wife was a retired elementary teacher. District superintendent Rusty King tells WTHR-TV that Sparks loved telling people about being Gordon's driving instructor.

Gordon posted Twitter and Facebook messages saying he was saddened by Sparks' death.

Neighbor Edward Whaley says the couple loved NASCAR events and was returning from Sunday's race in Martinsville, Virginia.

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Two people from Indiana are dead after an RV crash on Interstate 75. The crash stopped traffic for hours Monday in Campbell County. It happened around 7:30 in the morning near mile marker 147.

THP troopers say an RV carrying three people went off the road and hit a guard rail. It then went down and embankment and hit a tree.

The driver, 77-year-old Jacqueline Sparks and a passenger, 78-year-old Larry Sparks, died in the crash. Another passenger survived with injuries. All three are from Pittsboro, Indiana.

Troopers say no one was wearing a seatbelt.


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