Lake Zurich man among 5 dead in I-65 chain-reaction crash

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana State Police say a woman and her two young sons were among five people killed in a chain-reaction crash caused by a semitrailer on Interstate 65 near Lafayette.

Police say the crash late Thursday killed 47-year-old Jill Buck of Greenwood, along with her sons 8-year-old A.J. and 10-year-old Branson. Jill Buck was driving an SUV that police say was hit from behind by a semi that didn’t slow down while approaching a construction zone.

Also killed in the crash were the semi’s driver, 34-year-old Pankiv Ruslan of Lake Zurich, Illinois, and the driver of another car, 41-year-old Mikhail Stepanov of Lafayette.

The crash caused a fire involving the semi and the SUV. The highway about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis was closed for hours.

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