Family of five killed in I-65 crash

Fatalities identified
June 26, 2009 (HOBART, Ind.) The fatal crash took place at approximately 4 a.m. Friday on Interstate 65 near Crown Point, Ind.

The city of Hobart, Ind. remained in shock as residents learned about the fiery crash that claimed the lives of a family of five.

Neighbors say the family was on a trip down to Florida to visit relatives when the tragedy struck.

The accident has devastated friends and neighbors who are left not quite knowing what to do.

"I feel for the family because all five of them, it's not good, you know?" said Patty Lehr, the victims' neighbor.

Authorities say as the Lake County sheriff towed a vehicle allegedly involved in a high-speed chase from the roadway, the driver of a flatbed came to a stop. The Dodge pickup carrying the victims traveling behind that flatbed stopped, too. But another vehicle, a semi, unaware of that traffic backup, came over the hill and could not stop.

" The second truck involved struck the rear of a pic-up truck, which in turn, struck the rear of a semi in front of it," said the Indiana State Police's Scott Flemming.

Lost in the crash are 33-year-old Brian Workman, his 31-year-old wife Joanna and their three children, 13-year-old Ashley, 8-year-old Tyler and 1-year-old Ryan.

Friday afternoon, investigators were not only combing over the mangled wreckage of the family's vehicle, but also both trucks involved.

In the meantime, the neighborhood and community of Hobart struggles to accept the tragedy that struck the family.

"I've buried hundreds all over the country and different states. It's devastating, to say the least, for these five," said Pastor Bruce Ison of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

The semi drivers were uninjured. Indiana police say they have not issued citations to either of the drivers.

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