BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Six people were killed in a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles — including two tractor-trailers — on an interstate highway in Kentucky, police said Friday.
The pileup occurred Thursday night on Interstate 65 near Bowling Green when a tractor-trailer slammed into a passenger vehicle, Kentucky State Police said. Also involved were another passenger vehicle and another tractor-trailer, police said.
The crash occurred on a stretch of highway where traffic was congested due to road construction, police said. The vehicles were moving slowly or had stopped when the crash occurred, they said.
Five of the people killed were in a van, while the other victim was in the second passenger vehicle, said state police Trooper Jeremy Hodges.
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He later identified the five in the van as Robert Hogan, 77, Jonell Boster, 48, and Carl Boster, 17, all of Beech Grove, Indiana; and Lonnie Boster, 59, and Lonnie D. Boster, 30, both of Indianapolis. Police said a minor in the van was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Authorities had not yet released the name of the sixth person who died. That victim was in a separate vehicle.
One tractor-trailer driver was treated at a hospital and released, and the other wasn’t injured, Hodges said.
The crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday in south-central Kentucky. It happened in a road construction area where the highway narrows from three lanes to two lanes, police said.
All lanes of northbound I-65 were closed for hours in the area of the crash.