Police say I-65 crash kills 7 in NW Indiana

Four children were among seven people killed when a semitrailer driven by a West Michigan man slammed into an SUV stopped for a highway construction zone in northwestern Indiana, police said Friday.
AP Wire
Aug 17, 2013


Indiana State Police said the crash occurred just before 10 p.m. Thursday on I-65 near Roselawn, about 30 miles south of Gary.

Sgt. Tony Slocum said an SUV driven by Yvette Williams, 35, of Atlanta, Ga., was rear-ended by a northbound semitrailer while Williams was stopped in a work zone. The impact pushed the SUV into a semi in front of it and ignited a fire that engulfed the SUV and damaged both semitrailers.

The semitrailer was driven by Howard Stratton, 55, of Grand Rapids. He was taken to a hospital complaining of pain.

The other semi driver wasn't injured.

The SUV was so badly damaged that emergency crews weren't able to confirm the number of victims until mid-day Friday, Slocum said.

Police identified the dead as Williams, Jamin Osborne, 5, and Jasmin Osborne, 7, all of Atlanta; and Amado Mangual, 49, Lindsey Williams, 27, Yazmin Goldman, 5, and Arielle Goldman, 3, all of Merrillville.

Slocum said neither alcohol nor narcotics was believed to be a factor in the crash.

Police said the crash is still being investigated and that final results will be sent to the Jasper County prosecutor's office for review.



And this guy still has a license to drive large trucks for what reason?

"The cause of the crash was due to inattentive driving and negligence on the semi-tractor trailer driver's part," said Weems.

That driver of the rear-ending semi, Howard Stratton of Leroy, Michigan, has been ticketed for speeding at least five times since 2006.

Despite a 2011 warning letter from the Michigan Secretary of State just last month, Stratton was cited for failing to submit to a required truck weigh-in.

"There's no reason for a family to be missing seven family members today due to somebody not paying attention," Weems said.

The driver of the semi was not seriously injured. He was hauling food items for a company called Griffin Transportation, based in Grand Rapids, Mich.


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