Drummer for Kellie Pickler critically injured in 1 of 2 Hardin Co. crashes

Published: Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM EDT
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Air 3 flew over the scene of both crashes Saturday just south of Glendale in Hardin County.
Air 3 flew over the scene of both crashes Saturday just south of Glendale in Hardin County.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A drummer for country music singer Kellie Pickler has been identified as a critically injured victim of a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Hardin County on Saturday.

A source tells WAVE 3 News that Drummer Gregg Lohman, 36, of Goodlettsville, TN is in a coma. Master Trooper Norman Chaffins with Kentucky State Police said Lohman was airlifted from the crash scene to University of Louisville Hospital with head and neck injuries. He was in critical but stable condition on Sunday.

Lohman was driving a pickup truck involved in a four-vehicle crash Saturday in the southbound lanes of I-65 about three miles south of Glendale.  Chaffins said Lohman had slowed for a fiery crash that happened 16 minutes earlier on the northbound side of the interstate when Mark Bowser, 58, of Lewisburg, OH failed to notice that traffic had slowed and crashed his 2013 Freightliner into the back of Lohman's truck. Lohman's vehicle then hit a 2005 Saturn SUV driven by Victor Martinka, 53, of Glenview, IL. Martinka's vehicle rear-ended a 2012 Chevrolet SUV driven by Stephanie Yates, 55, of Louisville.

Both people in the Saturn, Victor and Lilija Martinka, 51, were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. Neither Bowser nor Yates was injured.

The initial crash at the same location but in the northbound lanes of I-65 happened at 11:13 a.m. Saturday when a tractor trailer rear-ended a Ford Expedition driven by James Gollnow, 62, of Marion, WI, according to Kentucky State Police. The Expedition burst into flames and hit another vehicle. Six members of the Gollnow family were killed, including a 92-year-old woman and two foster children, ages 10 and 8. Two other foster children, ages 15 and 12, were the only survivors, but they suffered serious injuries.

KSP is continuing to investigate both crashes.

Lohman is an adjunct percussion instructor at Tennessee State University in Nashville, according to the school's website. His biography on the webpage says Lohman began drumming for American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler in 2006 and that he has been called to fill in for other acts including Lady Antebellum, SheDaisy, Katrina Elam, Josh Turner, Trent Willmon, Ty Herndon, Brian McComas, Ray Scott, Houston Country and Erika Jo.

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