11 die in Kentucky truck-van crash

| 3/26/2010

In what Kentucky State Police are calling the state’s most lethal crash in 22 years, 11 people were killed Friday, March 26, when a tractor-trailer crossed the median on Interstate 65 and hit a large van head-on.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. at mile marker 63, about 75 miles south of Louisville.

Trooper John Hawkins of the Kentucky State Police described the wreck to Land Line Now.

“It was a median crossover. The tractor-trailer was southbound at the time of the crash. He went through the median, through a cable barrier, and struck a 15-passenger van head-on in the northbound lane.

“One of the fatalities was the truck driver himself,” said Hawkins. “We do know that there were two children that survived the crash who were in car seats in the passenger van.”

Police say the van was filled with Mennonites who were on their way to a wedding in Iowa.

No identities have been released yet.

– By Reed Black, staff writer