Deadly Crash Leaves 7 Victims

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August 16, 2013 — Indiana State Police say they are investigating a Jasper County crash that killed seven people, including four from Merrillville.

The names of the deceased are being released with permission from Jasper County Coroner Andy Boersman.


– Amado Mangual, 49, Merrillville, IN

– Lindsey Williams, 27, Merrillville, IN

– Yazmin Goldman, 5, Merrillville, IN

– Arielle Goldman, 3, Merrillville, IN

– Jamin Osborne, 5, Atlanta, GA

– Jasmin Osborne, 7, Atlanta, GA

– Yvette Williams, 35, Atlanta, GA

ISP says the victims’ vehicle was so badly demolished that ISP was unsure if other passengers were in the vehicle that was crushed between to tractor-trailers. “Due to the severity of the damage to the Jeep, investigators had it transported … 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. There were a total of three adults and four children found inside the vehicle.” ISP says the crash on Interstate 65 also caused a fire that burned the Jeep Cherokee, driven by Yvette Williams.

ISP says its investigation began last night at approximately 9:52 p.m. when its officers responded to a three-vehicle crash on I-65 near the 230 mile marker.

It says a preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Ricky Rayner shows that a northbound 2007 Volvo semi-tractor pulling a box trailer rear-ended the Jeep. ISP says the Jeep was stopped behind a Freightliner tractor-trailer, stopped by a traffic backup from an approaching work zone. ISP says the impact smashed the Jeep into the back of the trailer in front of it.

ISP’s report says 55-year-old Howard Stratton of Grand Rapids, Michigan was driving the Volvo truck and, “The crash impact ignited a fire which engulfed the Jeep. The fire also burned the cab and part of the trailer on the Volvo. It also burned part of the trailer on the Freightliner.” ISP says the Freightliner truck was driven by 33-year-old Steven Crockett of Union, Ohio.

ISP says, “After firefighters extinguished the flames, at least two people were observed deceased in the Jeep. Stratton was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital, in Crown Point, IN, with a complaint of pain to his body. Crockett was not injured.”

State Police say, “The Jeep has been transported to a secured location so emergency personnel can make extrication. At least two bodies were observed in the wreckage at the crash scene. This is an ongoing investigation, but at this time neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash. When officers have completed the investigation information will be forwarded to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office for review.”

ISP says Crockett was hauling water for Nationwide Truck Brokers based in Troy, OH, and Stratton was hauling food items for Griffin Transportation Incorporated based in Grand Rapids, MI.

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