Update: Fiery crash kills six people on U.S. 27 in Nicholasville

jmadden@herald-leader.comJune 26, 2014 

— A fiery wreck Thursday night in Nicholasville killed six people, including several children, and injured four others, police said.

A station wagon was traveling northbound on U.S. 27 about 9:15 p.m. when it went out of control, crossed the median and collided head-on with a van, bursting into flames, Nicholasville Police Sgt. Scott Harvey said.

There were five people in each vehicle. Several of the dead were children, Harvey said. Several county coroners were called to assist with the bodies.

Nicholasville Police officer Todd White, a member of the collision reconstruction unit, said police are considering the possibility that road rage or reckless driving by the driver of the station wagon caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

White said that part of the road is heavily traveled and there were a number of witnesses, including some who said the station wagon might have been tailgating or trying to pass another northbound vehicle.

“It was a horrific crash,” White said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The four people injured were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Harvey said. The extent of their injuries was unknown Thursday night, but one person was conscious and talking.

"It's such a bad situation," Harvey said. "This is your worst nightmare."

Relatives of the victims had not been notified as of 11:30 Thursday night.

Police said U.S. 27 between Edgewood Drive and Short Shun Road, which had been closed overnight, has reopened.

Check Kentucky.com throughout the day for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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