72-year-old woman, two great-grandchildren die in Laurel County crash

A 72-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren died in a crash Friday in Laurel County.

The crash occurred at 7:24 a.m. on the Hal Rogers Parkway at the junction of Ky. 1535, about 3 miles west of London, when a car turned into the path of a truck.

Gloria Faye Engle, 72, of London was driving the car and died along with her 8-year-old great-granddaughter and her 14-year-old great-grandson, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department. All three occupants were trapped in the vehicle.

Investigators say the bright, potentially blinding morning sun was a possible contributing factor to the crash, the sheriff said.

Thirty-year-old Chad Brent Sturgill, of London, was driving the truck and was uninjured, according to the sheriff.

Westbound lanes of the road were closed for more than two hours before reopening at 10 a.m. the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson