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Three killed in wrong-way crash

Three people from the Crawford-Harrison County area were killed and two were injured in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 265 Saturday evening.

Dead are Taylor D. Cole, 21, of Marengo, her 3-year-old son and another passenger in her car, Leah Renee Onstott, 22, of Depauw. Onstott’s juvenile son was transported to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, where he remains hospitalized.

Also injured was the Louisville woman who was the driver of the vehicle traveling the wrong way.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, according to police.

About 9:14 p.m. Saturday, numerous callers reported a white KIA Sportage SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 from the Lewis & Clark Parkway. Before police units could respond, the car turned west onto I-265, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.

At approximately 9:17, callers reported a head-on collision involving the SUV and a white passenger car near the 5.4 mile-marker just inside Floyd County. Officers and firefighters from numerous agencies responded to the scene, including Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists.

The preliminary investigation reveals that the white 2017 KIA Sportage, driven by Taylor A. Barefoot, 31, of Louisville, was in the left-hand lane, traveling west in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash. Barefoot was air-lifted to University Hospital in Louisville with severe injuries.

The second vehicle, a white 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, was traveling east in the eastbound lanes at the time of the crash. The Cavalier was driven by Cole. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Onstott was the front-seat passenger in Cole’s vehicle. She was transported to University Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

The women’s sons were in the back seat.

I-265 was closed from the time of the crash until approximately 12:15 a.m. Sunday as the investigation continued. The crash and possible criminal investigation are ongoing.

Indiana State Police troopers were assisted by units from the Clark County Sheriff’s Dept., Floyd County Sheriff’s Dept., New Albany Police Dept., Clarksville City Police Dept., Clarksville Fire Dept. and New Albany Fire Dept.