Rensselaer doctor, 2 children died in I-65 crash

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ROSELAWN, Ind. (AP) – State police have identified a man who died with two of his children after his car crashed into a semi stopped on Interstate 65 in rural northwestern Indiana as a doctor from Rensselaer.

Police say 45-year-old Mallik Chaganti failed to slow for backed-up traffic late Monday and crashed into a truck carrying more than 28,000 pounds of apples. The Jasper County coroner says he still wasn’t releasing the names or ages of the children killed in the crash.

Police say a young boy in the car suffered what appear to be non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semitrailer wasn’t injured.

Parts of I-65 remained closed for hours during cleanup from the rollover of a tanker carrying nitric acid that caused the traffic backup. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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