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6 Wisconsinites dead in Kentucky crash


UNDATED (WSAU) The National Transportation Safety Board says it will not conduct a further investigation into a weekend freeway crash in Kentucky that killed six Wisconsinites.

The Kentucky State Police is continuing its own probe into Saturday’s mishap on Interstate-65, about 50 miles south of Louisville. Officials said a semi-truck driver from Michigan might have been distracted, just before his truck rear-ended an S-U-V that was returning to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida. 62-year-old James Gollnow of Pella in Shawano County was driving the S-U-V. He was killed, along with his 62-year-old wife Barbara – foster children Soledad Smith, age 8, and Gabriel Zumig, age 10 – 92-year-old family friend Marion Champnise, and 18-year-old Sarina Gollnow. Two foster teenagers in the S-U-V were taken to hospitals in Louisville and Lexington with injuries that included burns and fractures.

Investigators said the trucker, 47-year-old Ibrahim Fetic of Troy Michigan, had a blood sample taken – and police were checking his driving records.

Funeral director Bob Didier of Marion said the Gollnows were originally from Wisconsin before they moved to Tennessee and came back. He said they long cared for foster children. About 15 minutes after the original crash, a four-vehicle wreck occurred in the opposite lanes of the freeway – apparently caused by gapers to the other mishap. The drummer for country star Kellie Pickler was seriously hurt. 36-year-old Gregg Lohman of Tennessee was in serious condition at last word.