Community In Shock After Four Die In Crash

Grief counselors were on hand Thursday at a Marion County Elementary School after two of its students died in a tragic accident.

Four people died in the accident on Kentucky 55 in Washington County at around 8:00 Wednesday morning.

Police say Melanie Wise of Bardstown was the driver of an SUV that collided with a tractor trailer and caught fire.

Wise, along with her three children ages one, six and seven died.

Seven-year-old Madeline and six-year-old David were both students at Calvary Elementary School in Marion County. They commuted to the school in Lebanon even though they lived in Bardstown. One year old Charlotte was also riding in the vehicle.

An autopsy was performed on Melanie Wise's body on Thursday in Louisville.

We'll have the latest details from a shocked community coming up on 27 NEWSFIRST at 5:30.


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  • by madeline's friend Location: kentucky on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    i used to go to school with madeline and david.before madeline died i kept asking her if she was going to come to my birthday party and everytime she said yes.now at calvary we have a big trophy case with madeline and david's pictures in it.
  • by Don Location: Livonia, MI on May 1, 2007 at 05:45 PM
    Curtis, It has been some time since we worked together at Henkel, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. My God's loving embrace give you the strength to get through this difficult time.
  • by Ashley Location: Lindsey Wilson College on Apr 30, 2007 at 10:40 PM
    I just heard about this accident. I know nothing I can say or do can help with the pain you are feeling right now. I am so sorry. I wish there was something I could do!! The whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you Curtis, may you have the strength to go on!!
  • by Thomas Location: New Haven, Ky on Apr 28, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    I hope these small words somehow aid you Curtis in your healing process. Growing up in Washington County I knew your wifes' family. No one can possibly understand or comprehend what has just happened to you but we all send oour prayers and thoughts to you to let you know that you are not alone in this world. God gave you 4 angels only for a short time here on earth, Take comfort in the fact that you shall see them all again one day. God be with you.
  • by Dee Location: Owingsville on Apr 28, 2007 at 04:03 PM
    Didn't know this family, but caught the coverage on the news and just wanted to let the family know that our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.
  • by Henkel Family Location: Madison Heights, MI. on Apr 27, 2007 at 08:00 PM
    Curtis - I can speak for all of us at Henkel that our tears flow from our eyes and hearts, we will never look at our own children or spouses the same again, we will cherish every moment with them, and please put your trust in Christ and do not be mad at Him. You will never forget this week and neither will we. We are here for you always....your Henkel family.
  • by cindy Location: Stanford on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:44 AM
    he has done lots for linoln county and a terrific job for all of Ky. in my opinion!!
  • by Ann Location: Lebanon on Apr 27, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    My heart goes out to the whole family. I am so sorry that you you are going throughing this, and my prayers are with you.
  • by Anna Location: bardstown on Apr 27, 2007 at 05:31 AM
    I met melanie's family about two years ago in their neighborhood country club. They were the most fun, friendly, and outgoing people. When you talked to them, it was like you knew them growing up. They were beautiful inside and out! i have no words to describe the pain i feel for the family and i can't even imagine how curtis is feeling. i feel so helpless and i know all that can help is family and lots and lots of prayers. They are people you never want to forget!
  • by Garland and Julie Caldwell Location: Calvary, KY on Apr 27, 2007 at 04:27 AM
    Words cannot express our sympathy for the Wise and Moore family's. Our son John Patrick went to school with Madeline and attended her birthday party. What great memories he has to cherish her with. We will continue to pray for them and all of you. God Bless all of you.

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