JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Seven people are dead after a three-vehicle crash on I-65 in Jasper County.
According to state police said it happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday at mile marker 231, north of the Roselawn- DeMotte exit.
A semi-truck and a Jeep slowed for a traffic backup when a second semi rear-ended the Jeep sending it into the back of the first truck.
The impact ignited a fire which engulfed the Jeep. State polcie said crews found two bodies at the scene, but due to severe damage, the Jeep was taken to Keener Township Fire Department where five more deceased were extricated.
There were three adults and four children children in the vehicle.
The adults include 49-year old Armando Mangual, 27-year old Lindsey Williams of Merrillville and 35-year old Yvette Williams of Atlanta, Georgia.
The children include 5-year old Yazmin Goldman, three-year-old Arielle Goldman of Merrillville and 5-year old Jamin Osborne and 7-year old Jasmin Osborne, both of Atlanta.
The driver of the second semi, 33-year-old Steven Crockett, of Union, Ohio, was taken to a hospital with complaints of pain.
The other truck driver was not injured. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor.
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