INDEPENDENCE, Ky. -- Five family members, including three children, are dead after a crash Thursday afternoon in Independence, according to Independence Fire District Chief Scott Breeze and officials from the Grant County School District.
The five people who died were all members of the Pollitt family of Grant County, police said Friday. Rodney Pollitt Jr., 26, of Independence, was driving; Samantha Malohn, 27, of Dry Ridge, was in the passenger's seat. Hailieann, Brenden and Callie Pollitt -- ages 9, 8 and 6, respectively -- were in the back seat.
The three children who died were students in the Grant County school district, school officials said. Grief counselors were at the schools Friday.
"This is a difficult subject for us to share with such young students, but one we cannot avoid," school officials wrote in a letter to parents.