A tractor trailer rear ended a minivan packed with 10 people Thursday night near Bristol, Indiana, killing seven passengers. Three others in the minivan were rushed to nearby hospitals, two in critical condition. The tractor trailer driver was also injured in the crash.
Police believe the 10 people in the minivan were members of the same extended family. No one in the minivan was wearing a seatbelt when the fatal crash occurred. One of those killed was an infant, who was sitting in a car seat that was not being properly used.
The fatal crash took place just before 8 p.m. on the Indiana Toll Road roughly 10 miles east of South Bend. The minivan had Illinois license plates, and authorities said they believe some of the people traveling in the minivan were Ecuadorian immigrants residing in the greater Chicago area. Family members from the Chicago area were called upon to assist in identifying the bodies of those killed in the crash. The names of the victims have not yet been released.
Eye witnesses are suggesting that the van may have hit a deer in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road and slowed or stopped shortly before the tractor trailer rear-ended it. Authorities are still investigating what caused the fatal tractor trailer crash in Indiana.