A 13-year-old girl died and her parents were in critical condition after a crash on Interstate 64 in Scott County on Saturday morning.
Emily Sams, an eighth-grader at Bourbon Middle School, was riding in a westbound pickup truck with her parents, Jeff and Shella Sams, when the crash occurred near the Scott-Fayette county line at about 7:15 a.m.
Scott County Coroner John Goble said a Camry that was passing the family's truck went off the left side of the road, overcorrected and then hit the truck. The truck rolled multiple times, and Emily, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown out. She died at the scene.
Jeff and Shella Sams were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where both were in critical condition Saturday.
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Goble said the speed of the Camry is thought to have been a factor in the crash. He said the two occupants of the Camry, both from Baltimore, were not seriously injured.
Goble said the Sams family was travelling to Louisville, where Emily was going to participate in a sports tournament on Saturday. Her grandparents were driving behind them and witnessed the crash, he said.
Shella Sams has worked for many years as special education director for Bourbon County Schools, and before that she was a special education teacher, Superintendent Lana Fryman said.
Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home in Paris is in charge of funeral arrangements.