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A crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 just before 10 p.m. CDT Thursday in Jasper County killed seven people -- three adults and four children, Indiana State Police said in a press release Friday afternoon.

JASPER COUNTY, Indiana (Lafayette Journal and Courier) -- A crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 just before 10 p.m. CDT Thursday in Jasper County killed seven people -- three adults and four children, Indiana State Police said in a press release Friday afternoon.

The seven were in a northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had stopped on the interstate during a traffic back up. A semi driven by Howard Stratton, 55, of Grand Rapids, Mich., drove into the rear of the Jeep, shoving it into the rear of the stopped semi in front of the Jeep.

The impact caused the Jeep, which was driven by Yvette Williams, 35, of Atlanta, Ga., to catch fire, killing Williams and her six passengers.

After the flames were extinguished, police had the wrecked Jeep towed to the Keener Township Fire Department to extricate what they believed were two people killed in the crash. As they disassembled the vehicle, Indiana State Police said they found five other people.

Those killed were: Williams; Amado Mangual, 49, of Merrillville; Lindsey Williams, 27, of Merrillville, Yazmin Goldman 5, of Merrillville; Arielle Goldman, 3, of Merrillville; Jamin Osborne, 5, Atlanta, Ga., and Jasmin Osborn, 7, of Atlanta, Ga.

Stratton complained of pain and was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point to be treated.

Indiana State Police reported around 7:45 a.m. EDT Friday that the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana have been re-opened.

A crash involving two semis and one car around the 231 mile marker closed the northbound lanes shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. The interstate remained closed through the night, and northbound traffic was diverted onto Indiana 10, according to police.

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