Wisconsin Highway Patrol officers have identified two individuals that were killed in a fatal car accident which occurred Monday on Interstate 90. Maryland residents Swati Gambhir, 32, and Sunil Shindle, 35, were killed when a car driven by a Janesville woman struck their car and caused a five-vehicle crash around 5:15 p.m. near Beloit in southern Wisconsin.
According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, Michele Parpipilo was entering the westbound lane of I-90 in her Lincoln Zephyr when her car hit Gambhir and Shindle's Toyota Corolla. This collision caused the Corolla to lose control and cross the highway median. After crossing the divider, the Corolla was struck by two other vehicles: a Chevy Tahoe driven by Henry Schmidt, 73 of Antioch, and a Volkswagen Golf driven by Jessica Lucido, 24 of Madison. All three vehicles were then hit by a semitrailer tractor.
Beloit Fire Department and Rock Country Sheriff's deputies responded to the multi-car accident scene. Both Gambhir and Shindle were pronounced dead on the scene. All of the other victims involved were rushed to Beloit Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The Wisconsin Highway Patrol is currently investigating the car accident and no citations have been issued. According to reports, the crash occurred in an area of the highway known for heavy traffic flow and no cable barriers separating the eastbound and westbound lanes.
As a result of the crash, Interstate 90 was backed up in all lanes and certain traffic lanes were not re-opened for 3 to 4 hours.