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6 killed in fiery wreck in central Kentucky


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A station wagon lost control on a busy highway, crossed the median and plowed head-on into a minivan, sparking a fiery crash that killed six people - including three children - in central Kentucky.

The late night crash in Nicholasville killed a family of five along with a woman traveling in a church van who had joined a group that was helping her get out of the sex industry.

Police say no alcohol was involved in the crash.

"In my 16 years in law enforcement, it was the worst wreck I've seen," Nicholasville police Sgt. Scott Harvey said.

After the crash - reported about 9:15 p.m. Thursday on a straight stretch of U.S. 27, the main link to Lexington - the station wagon was flipped on its top and engulfed in flames, Harvey said.

When authorities arrived, three people were still inside in the station wagon, and its other two occupants were several feet away.

Horrified motorists, including a woman in a doctor's coat and stethoscope, tried to help. Some attempted to pull the van away from the burning station wagon. The van did not catch fire.

"Whoever could help was trying to do what they could, but unfortunately there was just not a whole lot that could have been done for the six," Harvey said.

All five people traveling in the station wagon - two adults and three children - were killed, and one woman in the van died, police said.

"We don't know at this time what caused them to lose control," Harvey said.

Alice Tankersley of Nicholasville said her grandson, Steven Hibbard, 25, was killed along with his wife, Shaila, 25, and children, 7-year-old James, 5-year-old Alyssa and 3-year-old Kylee. They were in the station wagon. The Hibbard family was listed on the website of Hager and Cundiff Funeral Home, but arrangements were pending Friday night.

"They were just a very close family," Tankersley said. "He loved his family and would have done anything in the world for them."

The van belonged to the group Refuge for Women, which gives women who work as escorts or prostitutes a place to live and a way out of the adult entertainment business, said executive director Ked Frank. Four women in the van, including the victim, were in the group's program, Frank said, and the driver was an intern at the center. The four injured in the van were in critical condition at a hospital but they were expected to survive, Frank said Friday evening.

"Looking at the vehicle, today, it's a miracle that four walked away from that," Frank said.

Hibbard and his wife had recently started new jobs, with Steven working for an office-cleaning business and Shaila working at a Wal-Mart store, she said. Steven Hibbard had been unable to work for about a year after injuring his leg, his grandmother said. The family had been living with relatives but the couple was fixing up a mobile home to move into, she said.

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Gayle June 27 2014 at 6:08 PM

What nasty ugly comments here. What pitiful meaningless little lives you must have. Those making ugly comments better hope nothing like this ever happens to someone you care about.

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Ed June 27 2014 at 5:43 PM

Horrible, horrible, condolences to the families.

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jamesdeltuffo Ed June 27 2014 at 6:29 PM


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Dani jamesdeltuffo June 27 2014 at 7:51 PM

You jamesdeltuffo are an idiot of the highest caliber!

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GabiD57 June 27 2014 at 5:56 PM

Dear God how awful. Prayers for all involved.

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auctionsurplus June 27 2014 at 6:10 PM

The statements: "one of our precious women passed away." and "This evening has been one of great tragedy for Refuge for Women," really, really rubs me the wrong way.
How about the people in the station wagon, their children? I am thinking this was a horrible tragedy for a lot of family members.

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amberlakin1 auctionsurplus June 27 2014 at 6:23 PM

The comment on the Refuge for Women Facebook page did ask for prayers for those in the other vehicle but this article did not include that for some reason.

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Hoagie58 amberlakin1 June 27 2014 at 6:55 PM

It's much easier for people to make hateful comments and asinine assumptions than it is for them to actually check things out for themselves. If it's not spoon fed to some folks, it's just not important.

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karen's computer June 27 2014 at 6:00 PM

This is horrible. Prayers for the injured and their families friends as well as prayers for the families and friends of those that died.

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kayciaccio June 27 2014 at 6:17 PM

So very sad, may the adults and children RIP.

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jamesdeltuffo June 27 2014 at 6:23 PM

Some people should not have a drivers license. 6 less to feed .

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Toray99 June 27 2014 at 7:35 PM

Maybe we should ban all vehicles like guns and no one will die.

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Linda K Toray99 June 28 2014 at 10:54 AM

Maybe you should grow up and quit comparing apples to oranges.

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R. Carroll June 27 2014 at 5:59 PM

I think we need to rethink the structure of cars. Too many cars are being totally desroyed. Advocates for Highway Safety, Org AAA and Congress need to agree that the way we build cars to increase millage is not the way to save lives. Please join in this conversation and raise awareness about this problem.

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Janie June 27 2014 at 7:40 PM

How terrible! Those poor, poor people! Condolences and prayers to all friends, family members...and to the rescue personnel who witnessed this heartbreak and tried to do all they could!

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