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3 people from southwest Ohio killed in western Kentucky crash

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 01:16:27-05

PRINCETON, Ky. -- Three people from southwest Ohio were killed Saturday morning in a crash in western Kentucky.

Thomas B. Hughes, 66, of Princeton, Kentucky, was driving a Chevrolet Camaro northbound on Interstate 69.

Just before 11 a.m., he crossed the median and hit a Ford Explorer headed south, Kentucky State Police said.

The Explorer's driver -- Raymond C. Vilvens, 73, of Batavia, Ohio -- was pronounced dead at the scene, along with two passengers -- Carolyn J. Vilvens, 69, also of Batavia, and Linda S. Franz, 65, of Milford, Ohio.

A medical helicopter took a third passenger from the Explorer -- Mary A. Vilvens, 69, of Fayetteville, Ohio -- to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was listed in critical condition.

A coroner pronounced Hughes dead at the scene, as well.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.