LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana State Police say a woman and her two young sons were among five people killed in a chain-reaction crash caused by a semitrailer on Interstate 65 near Lafayette.
Police say the crash late Thursday killed 47-year-old Jill Buck of Greenwood, along with her sons 8-year-old A.J. and 10-year-old Branson. Jill Buck was driving an SUV that police say was hit from behind by a semi that didn't slow down while approaching a construction zone.
According to WXIN, Buck was a highly-regarded optometrist in Greenwood, and she was very active in the community. She leaves behind her husband and three other children. Her oldest son is a freshman at Center Grove High School, and she has two college-age daughters.
The Buck family released this statement via the Greenwood Community Church following the deaths of three of their family members:
"The Buck Family is devastated by the news of the loss of our members, Jill, Branson, and Aidan due to the accident that took place last night on I-65. We ask for your prayers through this process. We remain faithful in God in this very, very difficult time and are thankful to the many family, friends, and community members who continue to show their support. We ask for privacy as we grieve together."
Also killed in the crash were the semi's driver, 34-year-old Pankiv Ruslan of Lake Zurich, Illinois, and the driver of another car, 41-year-old Mikhail Stepanov of Lafayette.
The crash caused a fire involving the semi and the SUV. The highway about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis was closed for hours.