Madisonville parents killed in Ohio crash

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A Madisonville 9-year-old is still in critical condition after her family's minivan was hit by a driver traveling the wrong way down Interstate 75, north of Cincinnati.

Haley Barhorst, 9, is in critical condition at Dayton Children's hospital.  Eight-year-old Tori Barhorst is in good condition at Dayton Children's hospital.  While 11-year-old Logan Barhorst and 18-year-old Tyler Barhorst are in Dayton Children's Hospital and Atrium Medical Center.

All of those children lost their parents, Michele and Scott, to the crash early Sunday morning.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it believes alcohol was a factor in the crash.

According to neighbors, the Barhorsts have only lived in Madisonville since the summer.  10News talked to Madisonville resident Barbara Brimer about the incident.  She did not know the Barhorsts, yet felt compelled to give their extended family a call to make sure they were doing well.

"Well, this is a sad situation, whether it's Christmas or not," Brimer said. "I left a message with the Grandmother to tell her that we were praying for them."

And that grandmother took a Madisonville woman up on their offer for help too.  The grandmother needed the Barhorst's cat to be taken care of.  So, a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy went to the Barhorst's house to pick it up.  She is currently caring for the cat.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Four people were killed when a minivan carrying a family leaving a Christmas party went the wrong way on a southwestern Ohio highway and hit another minivan whose driver and family were going to see grandparents for the holidays, police said.

The 2:30 a.m. head-on collision on Interstate 75 near Franklin took the lives of three adults and a 7-year-old boy and critically injured two other children, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Stan Jordan.

Alcohol was a suspected factor, he said. Investigators smelled liquor in the minivan that was going the wrong way and found a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, he said.

Jordan said Joshua Nkansah, 40, of Fairfield was driving with his children when he turned his minivan around on the highway and started driving the wrong way. The vehicle hit another minivan carrying Scott and Michele Barhorst of Madisonville, Tenn., and their four children, ages 8-18, the officer said.

Nkansah was killed along with his 7-year-old son, David, and 31-year-old Michele Barhorst, Jordan said. Scott Barhorst, 37, later died at a Cincinnati hospital.

Jordan said Nkansah's 4-year-old son, Darius, and the Barhorsts' 9-year-old daughter, Haley, were in critical condition.

The Barhorsts were headed to St. Mary's in western Ohio to visit the children's grandparents for Christmas, Jordan said. Nkansah's wife was home at the time of the accident, he said.

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