ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Six people killed in a fiery three-vehicle crash in Hardin County Saturday morning have been identified as Wisconsin residents.
Kentucky State Police identified the dead as James Gollnow, 62, his wife Barbara Gollnow, 62, Marion Champnoise, 92, Sarina Gollnow, 18, Gabriel Zumiga, 10, and Soledad Smith, 8, all of Marion, WI. Police said the two children were foster children. They were traveling in a 1999 Ford Expedition along with two other foster children who managed to escape the burning vehicle. Police identified them as Hope Hoth, 15, and Aidian Ejnik, 12. Investigators said Hoth and Ejnik suffered serious injuries. Hoth was taken to a Lexington hospital. Ejnik was transported to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.
Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said the crash happened at 11:13 a.m. on northbound I-65 about three miles south of Glendale when a tractor trailer driven by Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, MI rear-ended the Expedition carrying the eight people from Wisconsin. The Expedition immediately caught fire and rear-ended a 2007 Toyota Avalon driven by Janet Collins, 57, of Memphis, TN. Collins suffered minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital. Fetic was not injured.
Police said the family in the Expedition was headed home to Wisconsin from a trip to Orlando, FL.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Sixteen minutes after the crash, a second accident occurred in the same location but on the southbound side of I-65. Chaffins said four vehicles collided in that crash, injuring three people, one of them critically.
Additional information about the second crash was not immediately available.