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Police say I-65 crash kills 7 in NW Indiana

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:03 PM

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.

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