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Seven Dead in Fiery Crash in Jasper County

8/16/2013


(photo courtesy Indiana State Police)

Seven people, including four children, are dead after a fiery crash Thursday night in Jasper County.

Indiana State Police say the crash occurred on northbound I-65 near the 230 mile marker.  Investigators say a semi tractor-trailer driven by 33-year-old Steven Crockett of Union, Ohio was traveling northbound when it slowed down due a traffic backup from an approaching work zone.  As that happened, another semi, driven by 55-year-old Howard Stratton of Grand Rapids, Michigan rear-ended a Jeep, sending it into the back of Crockett's semi.

The crash ignited a fire which engulfed the Jeep and caused damage to both semis.  After the fire was extinguished, emergency crews found seven bodies inside.  Three adults and four children died in the fire.

Stratton was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point and Crockett was not injured in the crash.  The investigation is ongoing but State Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.

When the investigation is complete, State Police will turn it over to the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office for review.

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