Five Dead In Crash On Rainy I-65

State Police were on the scene for much of the morning at a crash in Hart County that left five people dead.

Police say the crash happened in the southbound lanes of I-65, near the 61 mile marker.

Witnesses say at the time of the crash, it was raining so hard, drivers couldn't see very far in front of them. Police don't know who is at fault, but a semi truck, a pickup truck and a minivan ended up crashing.

Police say the semi was carrying large rolls of steel and when the crash happened, they fell off the truck, crushing the pickup truck. All three people inside that vehicle, including a child were killed.

Two people inside the minivan also died in the crash. Police say a passenger in that vehicle was hurt, but his injuries were not considered to be life threatening. The semi driver was also injured.

I-65 southbound was shut down at around 7:30 CST and reopened at around 11:00 CST.

Kentucky State Police released the names of the victims in the crash late Wednesday afternoon.

49-year-old David McGrath, 52-year-old Madeleine McGrath and 15-year-old Megan McGrath, all of Auburn, Kentucky, were killed in the pick-up truck.

51-year-old Myra Lawson and 22-year-old Cassandra Lawson of Elizabethtown were the two killed in the minivan.

Cassandra's twin sister, Jennifer, was treated and released from Hardin Memorial Hospital.


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  • by Diane Location: Villa Hills, KY on Jun 27, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    my best friend was killed in this accident. i don't really care who was at fault at this point; blame will never bring her back.
  • by big d on Mar 31, 2008 at 11:06 PM
    as a truck driver who pulls a flatbed the load of steel should not ever come off your trailer if properly secured.dont now who was at fault but driver will be responsible for improper load securement and the deaths of the pickup truck occupants.
  • by CATHY Location: KY on Mar 21, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    WE HAVE ALL BEEN ON THE INTERSTATES WHEN IT IS POURING THE RAIN PEOPLE STILL THINK THEY CAN TRAVEL 70 PLUS MILES AN HOUR WE HAVE ALL SEEN IT ........SEMI'S ARE THE WORST ..PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO SLOW DOWN BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU WILL GET RAN OVER IF YOU DO....MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE LOVED ONES.....
  • by Anonymous Location: TN on Mar 20, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    The news here did say that the pick up hydroplaned, hitting the van and then the semi ran into them. A truck is much heavier and at any speed cannot slow down as quickly as a car. Could the semi driver have prevented the accident? Probably not or he would have. Blaming the truck driver boils down to $. This truck driver will probably be blamed for the accident, lose his job and have to live with the memory of those five people losing their lives. Yes, he is lucky to still be alive and my heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives.
  • by ? Location: Ky on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    I thought I heard the news say that the pick up ran into the semi, knocking the steel off on them then a chain reaction wreck took place.How can the statements above about this wreck say police don't know who was at fault?I hate that it happened and my prayers are with the families of all those involved. But are they insinuating the semi driver is to blame?Or is this a way to spice up a story?If so shame on all of you!5 people are dead!!!
  • by mariah Location: somerset on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    i wish the families the best of luck that lost someone
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Mar 19, 2008 at 02:05 PM
    Why is it when I'm on the roadway and it's raining so hard, people still think that it's ok to go 70mph just because that's what the sign says? I'm not sure what the cause was of this accident, but things like this happen all too often during inclement weather. When it's raining, SLOW DOWN. When it's snowing, SLOW DOWN. When the sun is setting and you're going westbound, SLOW DOWN. Use some common sense on the roadways and you will be better off. May God bless the families and friends of all those killed in this incident.
  • by Cassie Location: Beattyville on Mar 19, 2008 at 01:01 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of everyone involved in this terrible accident.

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