4 children, 3 adults killed in NW Indiana crash

Seven people are dead, including four children, after a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 65.

It happened near the 230 mile marker just before 10 p.m. Thursday in Jasper County, Ind.

According to a preliminary report by Indiana State Police, a 2007 Volvo semi-tractor trailer rear-ended a 2005 Jeep Cherokee that was following another 2012 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer.

The crash impact ignited a fire which engulfed the Jeep, police said. The fire also burned the cab and part of the trailer on the Volvo. It also burned part of the trailer on the Freightliner.

After firefighters extinguished the flames, two people were found dead in the Jeep. The driver of the Volvo semi-tractor trailer was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the Freightliner, Steven Crockett, 33, was not injured.

The Jeep was so severely damaged that 

investigators transported it to Keener Township Fire Department so emergency personnel could make extrication. While disassembling the Jeep, emergency workers found five more bodies, in addition to the two bodies observed at the crash scene, police said.

The investigation is on-going, but at this time, neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as having contributed to this crash.

Jasper County Coroner Andy Boersman has identified the deceased as: Amado Mangual, 49, of Merrillville, Ind.; Lindsey Williams, 27, of Merrillville, Ind.;  Yazmin Goldman, 5, of Merrillville, Ind.; Arielle Goldman, 3, of Merrillville, Ind.;  Jamin Osborne, 5, of Atlanta, Ga.; Jasmin Osborne, 7, of Atlanta, Ga; and the driver of the Jeep Yvette Williams, 35, of Atlanta, Ga.

 

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4 comments

  • jay

    Damn!!! Is'nt that the model and year that Jeep argued not to recall after similar incidents reported of where the gas tank was and shit

  • Ismael

    I posted a comment some time ago about something like this happening in Illinois. When truckers are allowed to do as They please, to use any lane They want and to drive over 70 MPH it was bound to happen. Just this week I was taken out of my lane twice by truckers. All I could do was give Them the finger . I thought Indiana was safer because the truckers there seemed to respect the law unlike Illinois but I was wrong. My deepest sympathy to these families.

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