Marion School District in Shock After Crash
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Marion, WI-- Students are back in school for the first time since a tragic car accident killed six area residents, including a Marion High School senior.
The Gollnows were returning from a week-long trip to Florida when their SUV was struck from behind by a semi-trailer.
Two of the eight people involved are students at Marion High School. 15-year-old Hope Hoth survived and is being treated in a Lexington, Kentucky hospital.18-year-old Sarina Gollnow was a senior. Sarina did not survive. Grief counselor were on-hand today to help the district cope with their unthinkable loss.
More information from the Associated Press:
By BRUCE SCHREINER
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- Police say six members of an extended Wisconsin family were killed and two injured when their SUV was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and burst into flames on a Kentucky highway. Minutes later, another crash in the opposite direction injured three, one critically.
Police say the first crash happened at 11:13 a.m. EST Saturday on northbound Interstate 65 near Elizabethtown.
Police say all occupants of the SUV were from Marion, Wis. 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 after the SUV was hit, it hit the car in front of it, but the driver of that vehicle had only minor injuries.