They don't know what happened. Neither one of them. The little girl is hollering for her mother. We haven't told them anything. I don't think we need to tell them nothing right now," says Fred Allen, the grandfather of the three children recovering at UK hospital.
Fred Allen is the grandfather to eight-year-old, Brittany, seven-year-old, Tyler, and five-year-old Christopher Horn, who were all rushed to UK hospital after their mother crashed head-on with a minivan.
"I practically raised them. It's a hard thing to do with," says Allen.
Sheriffs deputies say the children's mother, 25-year-old Melissa Horn lost control in a curve on highway 21. They say she over corrected her truck and went straight into the other lane of traffic where she hit the minivan head on. The driver of that mini-van is 62-year-old, Cowley Lewis, also of Jackson county. He was rushed to UK hospital as well. Melissa Horn was pronounced dead at the scene last night.
"Her kids were her inspiration. She really lived for her kids. It'll be a tough loss. She's 25 years old. Even though she was my step- daughter, she was like my own kid you know," Allen says.
While the three children are starting to show signs of improvement, their grandfather knows that it will be a long road to recovery. The youngest child has more than 150 stitches in his face.
"They all have broken legs and they're cut up real bad, bruises and bumps," says Allen.
Sheriff's deputies say that no one in Horn's truck was wearing a seat belt.
"With this wreck, obviously if seat belts has been in use, maybe there would be a different outcome," says Madison County deputy, Willard Reardon.
The Horn family asks the community to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.
The family says funeral arrangements are in the works for Melissa Horn. People can make a donation to help the Horn family out by contacting Lakes Funeral Home in McKee.
The Horn family says that this isn't the first time they have dealt with tragedy. Last year, their home burned to the ground.