- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A driver accused of speeding while under the influence of alcohol and narcotics in a highway crash that killed three people was indicted Thursday on aggravated manslaughter and other charges.

Bhavuk Uppal slammed into a car in front of him in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Rockaway Township last July, killing the three people and injuring two others in a chain reaction, prosecutors said.

At the time of the crash, authorities said, a sport utility vehicle and a car had been stopped in traffic when Uppal’s SUV came up from behind and hit the car. The car then struck the SUV in front of it and became engulfed in flames.

The three people who died were in the car. They were a young couple from Louisville, Kentucky, and their infant daughter, according to an obituary posted online.

The two people who were injured were in the SUV in front of it. Uppal also was hurt; he was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries.

The indictment Thursday also charged Uppal, of Mountain Lakes, with offenses including death by auto, death caused while driving with a suspended license and assault by auto.

Uppal is in the Morris County jail in lieu of $750,000 bail. His attorney has called the crash “a tragic situation.”

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