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Identities released after 2 killed, 2 injured in wrong-way crash on I-71

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The crash happened Saturday night near the 14 mile marker on southbound I-71 in Oldham County. The crash happened Saturday night near the 14 mile marker on southbound I-71 in Oldham County.

OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Two people were killed Saturday night when a driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 slammed head-on into another vehicle, according to Oldham County Police. A third car also was involved in the crash, which happened around 9:20 p.m. near the 14 mile marker.

Police said a 2006 Volkswagen driven by Donald R. Pickett, 71, of Flat Rock, IN was northbound on southbound I-71 when it crashed head-on into a 2007 Infiniti driven by Victor Chavez, 27, of Louisville. Pickett was ejected from the Volkswagen. A 2009 Toyota traveling southbound behind the Infiniti then hit the Volkswagen and Pickett's body. Pickett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chavez and two passengers in his Infiniti were taken to University of Louisville Hospital where one of the passengers, George A. Chavez, 27, of Louisville, died of his injuries. 29-year-old Julio Chavez, also of Louisville, was identified as the second passenger. The conditions of Victor and Julio Chavez were not immediately known. The driver of the Toyota, Larry W. Staples, 63, of Henderson, KY, was not injured.

Police said they had not determined why Pickett was traveling in the wrong direction or where he entered I-71 in the wrong direction.

The accident investigation and severity of the collision required the closure of the interstate for several hours.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the crash should call the Oldham County Police Department at 502-222-1300.

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