Six people, including members of a Wisconsin family, were killed when a tractor-trailer crashed into an SUV Saturday in Kentucky, according to USA Today. Police suspect that a second accident just minutes later was caused by drivers who were rubbernecking and distracted.
The SUV-tractor trailer accident shortly after 11 a.m. in Elizabethtown, Ky., was followed less than a half hour later by another crash on the other side of Interstate 65. Three people hurt in that multi-vehicle pileup.
The victims in the SUV, a Ford Expedition, were on their way home from Orlando, Fla., to Marion, Wis., when it was rear-ended by the tractor-trailer, USA Today said. Their SUV burst into flames after it was hit, and two of its passengers were found outside the vehicle. They were rushed to local hospitals.
USA Today identified the six who were killed as: driver James Gollnow, 62, and his wife Barbara, 62; friend Marion Champnoise, 92; Sarina Gollnow, 18, whose relationship to the others wasn’t known; and Gabriel Zumig, 10, and Soledad Smith,8, both foster children.
There were two other foster children in the SUV who survived. They were Hope Hoth, 15, who was taken to a local hospital with a broken spine, and Aidian Ejnik, 12, who was hospitalized with cuts on his head, according to the Associated Press.
The SUV was struck from behind by the tractor-trailer, which was driven by Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, Mich., AP reported.
While firefighters were trying to douse the flames of the SUV, there was a wreck involving four vehicles on the other side of the highway median. Three people were hurt in that crash.