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.