2 women from Iowa killed in 9-vehicle crash on I-24 in Kentucky

(Courtesy: WHOP Radio)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people died in a nine-vehicle crash Monday morning on Interstate 24 in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police say it happened in westbound lanes just before 10 a.m. near mile marker 80.

Preliminary information reportedly shows a 39-year-old man was driving a semi when he approached stopped traffic.

(Courtesy: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2)

Authorities say he was unable to stop, striking a Ford F-150 in the right lane.

The initial crash caused a chain reaction collision. Three more semis and four more passenger cars were hit.

Most occupants were able to get out of their cars before they all burst into flames and became engulfed in fire. Some suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Two people died, the driver and one passenger from the Ford F-150 truck. They were identified as Mary Engrav, 55, and Joan Lyons, 58. The third passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The collision remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

(Courtesy: Kim Myers)