UPDATE: State police arrested the driver of the car in the deadly crash.
Lian Awi has been charged with manslaughter, assault and driving under the influence.
UPDATED INFORMATION: Trooper Corey King with Kentucky State Police tells Eyewitness News there were a total of eight victims in Monday’s accident on the Natcher Parkway. Two of those victims died at the scene. The others victims are at various hospitals in three different states.
King says some of the victims had just arrived in the United States, and had no identification. He also says they don’t speak English.
Eyewitness News is continuing to follow developments in this story and will bring you the latest throughout the day.
PREVIOUS: It all started around 7:00 a.m. near the intersection of the Natcher Parkway and the Western Kentucky Parkway. The crashes had the Southbound Lanes of the Natcher Parkway closed from Exit 50 down to the Western Kentucky Parkway for about 90 minutes.
In the first crash, police believe alcohol may be a factor. Officers say it appears the group was headed from a fishing trip. Authorities tell Eyewitness News two people were thrown from the car after it flipped and it looks like they weren’t wearing seatbelts. Two other people were also in the car.
“A single vehicle went over the right-hand shoulder, over-corrected, and then overturned into the median, ejecting two people, killing them on the scene and then also two critical. Two of those that were critical were life-flighted to area hospitals. At this moment we really don’t know their status,” said Tpr. Corey King of the Kentucky State Police.
Just up the road, police say an officer was directing traffic near the Hartford exit at mile marker 50. Police say a driver fell asleep behind the wheel, hitting another car, then causing that car to hit the officer. That officer was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known at this time, however witnesses on the scene tell Eyewitness News he appeared to have non-life threatening injuries.