Clark County

Girl, 7, dies after two vans collide in Danville

A 7-year-old girl died Tuesday when two vans collided on Danville's southwest side, police said.

The girl, her brothers, their mother and an infant were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, and a man who was driving one of the vans was taken to the Danville hospital, Danville Assistant Police Chief Tony Gray said.

McKenna Padgett, 7, was pronounced dead at UK Chandler Hospital, Gray said. Her brothers, Chase and Conner Padgett, also 7, were listed in critical condition there Tuesday night.

The three were triplets, Gray said.

The infant, Madeline Oblisk, who was born April 22, and the children's mother, Stephanie Padgett, also were flown to UK Hospital, Gray said. Both were listed in fair condition Tuesday night.

Gray said the infant was thought to be a half-sister to the triplets.

The crash occurred shortly before 8 a.m. on Ky. 34 between the entrances to the American Greetings Corp. and RR Donnelley plants, Gray said.

Stephanie Padgett, 38, of Junction City was driving east into Danville when she lost control of her van and it went into the westbound lane, where it was struck broadside by a Dodge van driven by Phillip Belcher, 60, whose address was unavailable, Gray said.

Belcher was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Ky. 34 was shut down as an accident-reconstruction team investigated, Gray said.

One lane was reopened to traffic after about two hours, and both lanes were reopened shortly after noon, he said.