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Third Person Dies Following Deadly Crash

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. – Kentucky state police confirmed a third person has now died following a crash on Interstate 24 near the Tennessee/Kentucky line.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-24 at mile marker 93 in Christian County around 11:20 a.m.

Investigators said 38-year-old Michael Mahan of Trenton, Georgia was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry westbound on I-24. His two daughters, Meagan, 11, and Savannah, 16, were passengers in the car.

Mr. Mahan's vehicle crossed the median and entered the eastbound lanes of travel where it struck a U-haul driven by Richard Dooley, and then struck a Toyota Rav 4 which was driving behind the U-haul. Dooley's wife, 43-year-old Lisa Larimer and the couple's two daughters, Ariel, 7, and Sierra, 6, were in the Rav 4.

Meagan Mahan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father and sister were transported to Gateway Medical Center. Michael Mahan died at the hospital. Savannah was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she died a short time later.

Lisa Larimer and her two daughters were transported to Gateway Medical Center. Larimer is listed in stable condition. Her two daughters are listed in stable, but critical condition. All were wearing seatbelts, or were in child safety seats.

It was unclear whether the Mahans and Mr. Dooley were wearing seatbelts.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes were initially blocked while emergency crews attended to the injured victims and worked to clear debris from the roadway.

Officials said the traffic backup was compounded by travelers on the road for the holiday weekend. 

"It's Easter weekend, so just like every other holiday weekend we have a lot of travelers," said Detective Sergeant Dean Patterson with the Kentucky State Police. 

The roadway was wet from recent rain, but it was unclear if slick roads contributed to the crash.

"Any time you add traffic volume with wet conditions you've got a recipe for bad things to happpen," said Patterson. 

All lanes of the interstate were finally reopened to traffic late Friday evening.

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