Police: 6 dead in Interstate 65 crash in Kentucky

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Posted: Jul 14, 2017 3:19 PM

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 other passenger vehicle, said state police Trooper Jeremy Hodges.

Authorities had not yet released the names of the dead.

The tractor-trailer drivers were treated at the scene for injuries and released, Hodges said.

The crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. EDT 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 before being reopened.