ELKHART, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Police are investigating a chain of events that led to the death of 7 people in a crash on the Indiana Toll Road.
Officials say a mini-van may have hit a deer on the highway, and had apparently stopped or slowed down when a semi slammed into its rear. The impact pushed the vehicles into the median. This was at the 103 mile marker between the towns of Bristol and Middlebury.
Ten people were in the van at the time. Seven of them were killed at the scene. The three others as well as the semi driver were all hospitalized with injuries in Elkhart.
Those that died were pronounced dead at the scene. Three separate families were riding in the van at the time of the crash. All of the people in the van were from the Chicago area and were traveling to New Jersey to attend a funeral.
Cayetano Quizhpe, 28, Elkhart General Hospital, stable condition, father/husband
Maria J. Yupa, 21, deceased, mother/wife
Edwin Quizhpe, 8, deceased, son
Pedro Chimborazo, 52, deceased, father/husband
Maria Antonia Yupa, 36, serious condition, mother/wife
Pedro Chimborazo Yupa, 15, deceased, son
(Driver) Manuel Chimborazo, 30, critical condition, father/husband
Maria Chimborazo Pinguil, 26, deceased, mother/wife
Jessica Chimborazo, 8, deceased, daughter
The driver of the Freightliner semi was Jesse F. Donovan, 24 years old from Johnston, Rhode Island, treated and released.
The Toll Road was closed for several hours after the crash. It re-opened shortly after midnight.
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