Three Rensselaer residents were killed in a semi vs. car accident Monday night on I-65 south near the 227 mile marker.
A semi driver hauling 28,000 pounds of apples from Washington was slowed in the right lane to avoid backed up traffic for a previous crash. An SUV driven by Dr. Mallik Chaganti of Rennselaer failed to slow for traffic and rear ended the semi trailer.
The impact killed Chaganti and two of his children. A third passenger, a young boy believed to be Chaganti’s son, was injured in the crash. He was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The semi driver was not injured. Neither alcohol nor drug use are suspected of being contributing factors to the crash.
Indiana State Police Troopers continue in their investigation of the crash.