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UPDATE: Victims identified in fatal I-65 crash near Cemetery Road exit

Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Kentucky State Police have released the names of the victims in a fatal crash on I-65 South in Warren County. According to a press release, Donald Kabwenge, 36 of Georgia, was driving a Freightliner box truck when he hit Alyssa Aldrete, 22, and her passenger Alexis Coker, 21, both of Auburn. Aldrete had slowed her Nissan Altima on the interstate due to merging traffic for road construction at the 26 mile marker.

Kabwenge hit the Altima in the rear bumper, causing it to strike the back of another Freightliner tractor-trailer that was also slowed in traffic. Kabwenge’s box truck then struck the tractor-trailer as well. Kabwenge, Aldrete and Coker were all pronounced deceased on scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation. Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Bowling Green Police Department, Medical Center EMS, Bowling Green Fire Department, the Warren County Coroner’s Office and Alvaton Fire Department.

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According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Courtney Milam, all lanes of I-65 closed from the crash, have re-opened.

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All southbound lanes on Interstate 65 near exit 26 are closed and traffic is being diverted following a crash involving multiple fatalities.

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, traffic will be diverted on I-65 south at exit 26, to the off-ramp and redirected back to I-65 at the on-ramp at exit 26. The estimated clear time is 5 hours, so motorists are asked to get off at an earlier exit or to avoid the area.

13 News passed by the scene late Monday night.

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