Alcohol Reported Factor In Fatal Crash

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) - State police say a Tennessee man has been charged with D-U-I and murder following an Interstate 75 traffic crash that left a pregnant woman and a child dead.

Officers say a north-bound pickup crossed the median and struck three other vehicles in the southbound lanes just north of the Kentucky-Tennessee border at Williamsburg last night.

State Police Lieutenant Phil Crumpton says that one of the victims was pregnant and for that reason, her death and that of the fetus are counted as two of the fatalities. The identities of the victims have not been released. The driver of the pickup, 45-year-old Raymond Garner of Andersonville, Tennessee, was charged with three counts of murder, drunken driving and driving on a suspended license. State Police say one murder count stemmed from the death of the woman's unborn baby.

The three vehicles that were struck were carrying at least 14 people, including several youngsters. The injured were taken to hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee. Garner was treated and released at a hospital and then taken to the Whitley County jail. Traffic was shut down in both directions after the crash, but I-75 is now open.

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