6 killed in chain reaction collision on I-65 North in Kentucky

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WKRN) – Six people died in a four-vehicle crash near Bowling Green, Kentucky, late Thursday night.

Kentucky State Police say it happened around 10:30 p.m. near mile marker 30, which is between Louisville and Glasgow roads

Two cars and two commercial vehicles were involved, and six people died. Five of the victims have been identified. They were all riding in the same car and four are family members.

The county coroner confirmed to News 2 their names are Lonny Boster 59; his wife Jonell Boster, 48; and their two sons Lonny Boster Jr., 30, and Carl Boster, 17.

The fifth victim is Robert Hogan, 74, who was a family friend.

The sixth person killed in the crash was traveling in the other passenger vehicle, but an identity has yet to be released.

Police said it happened at a portion of I-65 where the road merges from three lanes to two and road construction is underway. Traffic was congested at the time.

Authorities say one commercial vehicle was stopped in the traffic and both cars were stopped behind it when a second commercial vehicle failed to stop, leading to a chain reaction collision.

The roadway was shut down for hours but reopened to drivers around 5 a.m. Friday morning.

No additional information was released. The investigation is ongoing.

After the tragic crash, state police are warning drivers to pay attention.

“Signage was posted at this particular accident scene. There were orange barrels designating the lane shift and the merge, and watch your speed in a construction zone, when workers are present or not,” said Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges with the Kentucky State Police.

“With all of the social media apps, text messaging, smart phones, obviously it is a contributing factor in a lot of collisions we see nowadays, and even electronics on the car itself with touch screen panels. We see a trend of it rising,” said Hodges.