Vehicle Accident – North-America – USA

EDIS Number: VI-20130304-38405-USA
Date / time: 04/03/2013 07:26:06 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Kentucky
Location: Elizabethtown
Number of Deads: 6 person(s)
Number of Injured: 5 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor


Kentucky State Police Sunday were investigating whether distracted driving caused an 18-wheeler to plow into an SUV carrying eight people, killing six and possibly triggering a serious crash on the opposite side of the highway. Master Trooper Norman Chaffins says the truck’s driver told police he saw the vehicle that was in front of him and hit the brakes but not in time. "There was a reason for that and we're trying to figure out what the reason was,” Chaffins said. The late-morning crash Saturday was followed 15 minutes later by a multi-vehicle crash on the opposite side of Interstate 65 that injured three people. Chaffins said weather was not a factor.
The six killed were identified as members of an extended family from Marion, Wis. Two of the dead were foster children. The two survivors were also foster children. The two crashes shut down the busy stretch of highway for about five hours. The first happened shortly after 11:00 a.m. EST on northbound I-65 south of Elizabethtown. In the second crash, four vehicles collided at the same location on the southbound side.

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