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One killed and one critically injured in crash on I-65 in Jasper County

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A River Forest, Ill., man was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle accident on I-65 in Jasper County, the Indiana State Police said.

The victim was identified as John J. Malone Jr., 20.

According to police, at 1:53 p.m. Malone was a back-seat passenger in a 2003 Ford Explorer being driven by Mario L. Guagliardo, 20, of Deerfield, Ill., when a tire on the Explorer blew, in the northbound lanes of I-65 just north of the Remington exit.

The Explorer veered to the right, came back left, and rolled approximately three times before coming to rest upright in the left lane, police said.

Malone, who police said was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the Explorer, which then came to rest on top of him. Malone was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma.

Also seriously injured was back-seat passenger Michael D. Rende, 20, of LaGrange, Ill., who police said was similarly not wearing his seabelt. Rende was ejected and came to rest in the roadway. He was airlifted to Christ Advocate Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., with life-threatening injuries.

The driver, Guagliardo, was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to Jasper County Hospital with injuries to his hands, elbows, and face, police said.

The front-seat passenger, Jacob M. Newman, 20, of LaGrange, was also wearing his seatbelt and was not injured, police said.

The middle back-seat passenger, Jason L. Blackman, 20, of Wilmette, Ill., was transported to Jasper County Hospital with injuries to his ankle and ribs, police said.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in this crash, police said. All five men were students driving home from college, police added.

All northbound lanes were closed for investigation and cleanup, police said, and traffic diverted at the Wolcott/Remington exit.



Posted 5/6/2013