UPDATE: Relatives Grieve Wis. Victims of Kentucky Crash

UPDATED Wednesday, March 6, 2013 --- 11:32 a.m.

PELLA, Wis. (AP) -- A relative of some of the six victims killed in a Kentucky interstate crash says the Wisconsin couple who died was dedicated to raising foster children.

Barbara and James Gollnow, their daughter, two foster children and family friend died March 2 when their SUV was struck by a semi near Glendale, Ky.

Pat Pelkey checked for mail at the Gollnow's house in Pella, a small town in Shawano County. Pelkey says her sister and James were adamant that their foster children have a great life. She tells The Post-Crescent the couple wanted their foster children to have a family and wanted them to feel loved.

Two other foster children in the Gollnow's vehicle survived the crash on Interstate 65. A combined memorial service for the family will be held Saturday in the Marion Elementary School gym.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 -- 6:36 a.m.

Six people from Wisconsin are dead after a fiery crash in Kentucky.

It happened Saturday on I-65 in Northern Kentucky. Police say a family from Marion, that's in northeast Wisconsin, was in their SUV when a semi truck hit them from behind. The SUV was pushed over a median, and slammed head-on into another car. The SUV burst into flames and witnesses say they saw two people come out of the car on fire.

Six others did not survive. A married couple, their two friends, and two foster children were all killed. They were identified as James Gollnow, 62, and his wife Barbara, 62; Marion Champnise, 92; Sarina Gollnow, 18; Soledad Smith, 8; and Gabriel Zumiga, 10. Police said Soledad and Gabriel were foster children.

The two survivors were also foster children. Police identified them as Hope Hoth, 15, and Aidian Ejnik, 12.

Police say distracted driver may have contributed to the crash.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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