Deadly weekend takes 14 lives in 4 accidents


Posted on March 28, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 28 at 7:20 PM

This was a deadly weekend on Kentucky roadways.

14 people have been killed in four separate crashes including two crossover accidents on I-65.

It means investigators will be busy for the next few days and even months.

Four car crashes in just three days, 14 people dead all across Kentuckiana.

Friday morning, a tractor trailer slammed into cable barriers on I-65 near Munfordville, KY crossing the median, and striking a church van.

A Mennonite family and the truck driver were died.
In that accident alone 11 people died, only two young children survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what went wrong.

Christopher Hart, Vice-Chairman NTSB, said, "One of the things we'll be looking at is whether there are some systemic factors in this crash that  we need to look at to see if this was just an isolated incident or is it a manifestation of a bigger problem that we need to address."

Saturday morning in Louisville, a single car crash killed a 65-year-old woman.

Barbara Vaughn died when her car struck a tree.  She was just blocks from her home.

LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley said, “There were no other injuries to anyone else nor was there any other property damage.  Right now our investigators are strongly looking into the possibility of alcohol playing a role in this accident.”

Another fatal crash happened in Oldham County killing 43-year-old Janette Weeks who was a passenger on a motorcycle.
And in Bullitt County, a fatal crossover accident, Bullitt County Deputy Chief Danny Thompson said, “A Hummer SUV was northbound struck another car, crossed median into path of a southbound tractor trailer."

He says the Hummer hit several cars before crossing the median.

37-year-old Jacqueline Keith died in that crash. 

Investigations into these accidents could last days if not weeks or months and for the families of these accident victims, their mourning will last even longer.