Details continue to emerge concerning the Thursday evening Indiana Toll Road accident that killed 7 people. The accident occurred around 7:00 p.m. Chicago time as a minivan carrying 10 people was traveling east on the Indiana Toll Road in Bristol, Indiana. The van first hit a deer, then was rear-ended by a semi.
Excerpts from the October 28 WBEZ.org story titled “Indiana Toll Road crash claims Chicago victims, including a child” :
The crash claimed the lives of seven of the 10 people who were in the 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan traveling from Chicago to New Jersey for a funeral. The names of the victims have not been released.
Seven of the van’s occupants died at the scene, including an infant. One male survivor in the van was taken to Elkhart General Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Another man and a woman were both airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital and are in critical condition.
The driver of the semi, 24-year-old Jesse F. Donovan of Johnston, Rhode Island, was taken by ambulance to Elkhart General Hospital. The truck that he was driving is owned by Roehl Transport Inc. out of Marshfield, Wisconsin. Donovan was treated for minor injuries and later released. A preliminary test for alcohol came back negative.
“Investigators are trying to determine the speed of the van and its location just prior to it being struck by the semi. It is currently unknown why Donovan was unable to avoid hitting the van,” Smith said.
Police say the victims were originally from Ecuador and that they are all related, but from different families. It is believed that they have been living in the Chicago area for several years.
Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of news sources including the above-referenced WBEZ.org article.
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