Increase in collisions over the Memorial Day weekend

BOWLING GREEN, Ky- It’s been a dangerous and deadly Memorial Day weekend on Kentucky roads. Local law enforcement is reporting an increase in DUI arrests, non-injury collisions and one fatal crash.

Three people are dead following a fatal collision in Hart County just before 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The North Carolina family of four was driving along I-65 south near Bonnieville, when their van crashed into a tow truck.

The tow truck had been partially stopped in the left driving lane to assist with a separate non-injury collision.

According to Kentucky State Police, the driver of the 2013 Dodge Caravan, 36-year old Agustin M. Gonzalez, rear-ended the Crossroads Towing truck.

Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene. Other passengers in the car included three of his children. Noelle Gonzalez, 6, and Gwendolyn Gonzalez, 2, were both taken to hospitals but later died.

A third passenger, Nicholas Gonzalez, 8, was taken by ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The tow truck operator was outside the vehicle at the time of the collision and was not injured.

Kentucky State Police report an increase in non-injury collisions and DUI arrests over the weekend.

“We would ask people to use caution when they’re traveling the main arteries, the main roadways in the state and also the interstates and the parkways. You can expect delays. You can expect construction. You can also expect more injury and non-injury collisions, and you may have to get stuck in traffic so plan ahead accordingly,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeremy Hodges said.

KSP warns drivers to expect congested and busy roads through Tuesday evening.