ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Six people are dead and five injured after two serious wrecks on Interstate 65 in Elizabethtown. The crashes happened around 11 a.m. Saturday, shutting down the interstate for nearly six hours in both directions.
Emergency crews received a call of a fatal crash between mile markers 83 and 84 northbound. Upon arrival, troopers realized that there were multiple fatalities. Police said Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, Michigan was driving a 2012 Kenworth tractor trailer northbound on I-65 when he rear-ended a 1999 Ford Expedition. The Expedition immediately caught fire. Fetic was not injured. Two of the eight occupants in the Expedition were able to escape the vehicle, Hope Hoth, 15, and Aidian Ejnik, 12. Both suffered serious injuries. Hope was taken to a Lexington hospital and Aidian was taken to Kosair's in Louisville.
The other six occupants in the Expedition died in the vehicle. They were identified as James Gollnow, 62, his wife 62-year-old Barbara Gollnow, 62, Sarina Gollnow, 18, Soledad Smith, 8, Gabriel Zumiga, 10, and Marion Champnoise, 92. The eight of the occupants were family members who were returning from a trip to Orlando, Florida. They were headed home to Marion, Wisconsin.
After being struck, the Expedition hit a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The Avalon ultimately came to a stop in the grass just off the northbound emergency lane and became totally consumed by flames. The Toyota was driven by Janet Collins, 57, of Memphis, Tennessee. Collins suffered minor injuries.
Multiple reconstructionists from E-town and other posts assisted in both crashes. Detective Terry Whittaker is heading up the ongoing investigation.
While troopers were investigating that crash, a second crash occurred on the southbound side of Interstate 65. The second crash took place at approximately 11:29 a.m. It involved four vehicles with three people suffering injuries, one of which was critical. Details of that crash are not available at this time.