6 People Dead, 5 People Injured in 2 Kentucky I-65 Crashes

Posted on Mar 22, 2013

Two motor vehicle accidents near Elizabethtown resulted in six fatalities and five injuries earlier this month. Both crashes happened around 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 on Interstate 65 near Elizabethtown. 

The six people who died were reportedly a family from Wisconsin. They were traveling northbound near mile marker 81 when they were reportedly rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The rear-end collision allegedly caused their SUV to catch fire. The Kentucky State Police have identified the six people who lost their lives in this crash as 62-year-old James Gollnow, his 62-year-old wife, Barbara Gollnow, 92-year-old Marion Champnise 18-year-old Sarina Gollnow, 10-year-old Gabriel Zuminga, and 8-year-old Soledad Smith. 

Two people in the SUV survived the accident. Both 12-year-old Aidan Ejnik and 15-year-old Hope Hoth were in the SUV with the Wisconsin family and suffered injuries in the crash. Their prognosis was not immediately reported in the media.

The northbound I-65 crash allegedly caused a four-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of I-65 at around the same time. Three people were injured in the southbound crash. One of those people is reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries. Their identities were not immediately released to the media.

Our Kentucky car accident lawyers express their sincere condolences to the friends and relatives of the six people who lost their lives in this crash, and we wish everyone who was hurt a quick and complete recovery.

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