UPDATE: Names released in deadly Kentucky crash that killed 6 from Wis.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- -
Six people from Wisconsin were killed and two were injured Saturday when their SUV was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and burst into flames on a Kentucky highway. Minutes later, another crash in the opposite direction injured three, one critically.
The first crash happened at 11:13 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on northbound Interstate 65 south of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In the second crash, four vehicles collided at the same location on the southbound side.
Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said an extended family from Marion, Wisconsin was riding in a 1999 Ford Expedition when it was hit from behind. He didn't know where they were headed.
The victims were identified as 62-year-old James Gollnow and his wife, 62-year-old Barbara Gollnow; 92-year-old Marion Champnise, a family friend; 18-year-old Sarina Gollnow and foster children 10-year-old Gabriel Zumig and 8-year-old Soledad Smith.
The two survivors were also foster children. Police identified them as 15-year-old Hope Hoth, who was transported to a hospital in Lexington with burns and a broken spine; and 12-year-old Aidian Ejnik who was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville with cuts to the back of his head.