A 22-year-old Boston woman was killed in a four-vehicle crash in Indiana on Sunday when her SUV was pushed underneath a tractor-trailer truck, State Police in that state said.
Margaret Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene after another tractor-trailer truck struck the rear of the SUV she was driving, forcing her vehicle underneath the second truck that she was behind on Interstate 70 in Wayne County, State Police said.
Her passenger, 25-year-old Christine Yip of St. Louis, was taken to Reid Health Hospital in Richmond, Ind., with non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police.
When troopers responded to the accident just before 4 p.m., their investigation showed that the truck that struck Ryan, driven by 21-year-old Harvinder Bhagtana of Fresno, Calif., was moving too fast for the existing travel conditions, State Police said. At the time, traffic was backed up nearly six miles, according to State Police.
Bhagtana’s truck was unable to stop when he came upon the slowed traffic. He glanced off the rear corner of a 2016 Acura, which was knocked into the median, before continuing east into the passing lane and striking the rear of Ryan’s 2009 Audi SUV, State Police said.
Bhagtana, the driver of the Acura, and the driver of the truck that Ryan’s vehicle was pushed under, were all uninjured.
A phone number for Ryan’s family could not immediately be found Tuesday night.