Victims identified in fatal wrong-way crash on I-75 in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington Police say six people were killed in a crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 75.

According to officials, the crash happened around 12:23 p.m. at the 104 mile marker.

According to the Fayette County Coroner, 38-year-old Jamaica Caudill of Madison County was driving the wrong way on I-75 when her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle carrying a family of five. She died at the scene.

Nine-year-old Karmen Greene was pronounced dead at the scene. Her siblings, 11-year-old Santanna, five-year-old Brayden and two-year-old Jack Greene, as well as 30-year-old Catherine Greene, all died at the hospital.

The Coroner said the family was from Owen County, Kentucky.

Don Stowe and his wife were driving on I-75 heading south when they noticed something was wrong.

“I told my wife, ‘that guy’s driving the wrong way,’ southbound on a northbound interstate,” Stowe said.

Stowe said he thinks the driver of the car that was hit was moving into the fast lane and didn’t see the wrong way car oncoming.

As a former first responder, Stowe said he was certain the outcome would be fatal.

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“I know what was there after the fact,” he said. “I guess that’s what went through my mind. The way that crash happened, there had to be no survivors.”

A crash reconstruction unit worked the scene and had the road shut down for hours. It re-opened just after 4:00 p.m.

“A lot of people ask you know, ‘Where God in the midst of this?’ How can God allow this to happen? I think that the better question is, ‘Where do you find God in this, meaning you find God in those who are able to get the message across, you find God in the first responders,” says Father Jim Sichko.

Father Jim is a Papal Missionary for Pope Francis. He was at the scene of the crash, pulling over to take a moment to pray for everyone involved.

“A whole family or part of a family, I mean what else do you do? If this can lighten the load of individuals, I mean their lives are changed forever in this family’s lives are changed forever,” Father Jim says.

Father Jim says he has paid for the funerals in full with the funeral director, so any GoFundMe pages claiming to raise money for funeral expenses are not.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Lexington Police Special Operations Collision Reconstruction Unit.


PREVIOUS UPDATE:

Lexington Police say six people were killed in a crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 75.

According to officials, the crash happened around 12:23 p.m. at the 104 mile marker.

Lexington police say officers were dispatched to reports of a wrong way driver. Before officers arrived, a head-on collision occurred.

Police say the driver of the wrong way vehicle, a 38-year-old woman, died at the scene.

A child in the other car was also found dead.

The 30-year-old driver of the second vehicle and three other children were taken to the hospital where they died of their injuries.

The Fayette County Coroner has not released the names of the six individuals.

A crash reconstruction unit worked the scene, and had the road shut down for hours. It re-opened just after 4:00 p.m.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Lexington Police Special Operations (Collision Reconstruction Unit) at (859) 258-3663.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com


ORIGINAL STORY:

Interstate 75 North in Lexington is shut down due to a serious crash.

According to officials, the shutdown is at the 102 mile marker.

Lexington Police said it happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Police said the crash was fatal but didn’t say how many people are dead.

Traffic is being diverted at Exit 99 just north of the Clays Ferry Bridge onto Old Richmond Road.

Officials said to expect serious delays in the area.

Lexington Emergency Management said the shutdown will last until further notice while a crash reconstruction unit works the scene.

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