ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky State Police have now confirmed multiple fatalities in one of two accidents in Hardin County, near Elizabethtown. Shortly after, another accident happened in the opposite direction injuring three, one critically.
Police say 6 members from Wisconsin family were killed and two injured when their SUV was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
According to police, the first accident happened shortly after 11 A.M. Saturday morning in the northbound lanes of I-65 at the 83 mile marker.
Police say the Wisconsin family in the SUV was from Marion, Wisconsin. They are identified as 62-year-old James Gollnow and his wife Barbara, 92-year-old Marion Champnise, 18-year-old Sarina Gollnow, 8-year-old Soledad Smith and 10-year-old Gabriel Zumiga.
According to police, Soledad and Gabriel were foster children.
The two survivors were also foster children. Police identified them as Hope Hoth, 15, and Aidian Ejnik, 12.
Police say after the SUV was hit, it hit the car in front of it, but the driver of that vehicle had only minor injuries.