Two crashes on U.S. 27 in Lincoln County sent seven people to the hospital and shut down traffic in both directions for about two hours Monday evening.
Four people, including a 6-month-old and an 18-month-old, were taken by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after one wreck, which occurred south of Stanford at the intersection with Shake Rag Road, according to a news release from state police.
Kacey Tramontano, 22, of Stanford, was driving a Saturn passenger car and had stopped in the southbound lane of U.S. 27 while trying to turn onto Shake Rag Road when the vehicle was hit from behind by a 2008 Kia Sorento sport utility vehicle at about 5:30 p.m.
Tramontano and a passenger, Brandon Dowell, 22 of Waynesburg, as well as the two children in the vehicle, who were not identified, suffered life-threatening injuries, state police said.
The driver of the Kia, Angela Salyers, 41, of Waynesburg, and an unidentified girl in her vehicle were not injured, state police said.
Dowell was discharged from the hospital by Tuesday morning and spokeswoman Julie Taylor said she had no records of a Kacey Tramontano in the hospital.
Three people suffered minor injuries in another wreck that occurred at 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Tick Ridge Road six miles south of Stanford.
State police said a 2001 Mercury Sable was southbound on U.S. 27 and trying to turn onto Tick Ridge Road when it collided head on with a 1998 Ford Contour that was northbound on U.S. 27.
The driver of the Contour, Linda Allen, 59, of Science Hill, and two adult women who were riding with her were taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
The driver of the Sable, Jennifer Sims, 49, of Waynesburg, was not hurt.
Everyone involved in both crashes was wearing a seat belt or buckled into a child safety seat, according to a news release.