Indiana State Police said they were rammed by the semi 34-year-old Ruslan Pankiv drove. The Lake Zurich, Illinois man died in the crash as well, and was a contracted worker of Illini State Trucking Company.
A CBS 3 reporter in Chicago visited the company for a comment. An official refused to give an on-camera comment.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the company has been targeted for increased random roadside inspections because of the number of times its drivers were accused of driving more hours than legally allowed. According to federal records, the company has 53 violations including speeding and following too close.
Illini State Trucking Company did eventually release this statement.
“We are currently conducting an investigation. We want to extend our sympathies and condolences to the families of those killed.”