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Kentucky State Police investigate a wreck on I-24 on Friday.

Two separate fatal collisions occurred Thursday night and Friday morning, leading to the death of four individuals, according to Kentucky State Police and the Hopkinsville Police Department.

KSP is investigating a collision causing the death of two drivers around 8 a.m. Friday on Interstate 24 near Oak Grove

According to a KSP press release, the preliminary investigation revealed a Ryder box truck was driving east on I-24 when, for unknown reasons, the truck left the roadway, drove across the median and entered the westbound lanes.

After entering the westbound lanes, the box truck collided head on with a semi-truck. Both vehicles reportedly caught fire and both drivers were reported dead on the scene, the release said.

KSP is still investigating what caused the crash.

Johnny Clark, 47, of Joelton, TN, and Jefferey Clark (no relation), 63, Hartford, IL, both died.

Two more deaths were reported Friday following a single-vehicle accident around 11 p.m. Thursday on West Seventh Street, according to an HPD report.

The report stated a pickup truck was traveling west on West Seventh when the vehicle came off the roadway to the right, over-corrected crossing the eastbound lane and exited the left side of the road before hitting a concrete culvert.

After hitting the culvert, the vehicle overturned, struck a ditch and then hit a utility pole before coming to a rest on the southeast corner of Rose Drive and Seventh Street.

During the accident, all three occupants of the car were ejected.

Benjamin Papajeski, 33, Cadiz, and Ethan Pace, 30, Hopkinsville, were both pronounced dead at the scene by Christian County Coroner Scott Daniels.

The other occupant, Stephen Donovan, 31, Cadiz, was transported to Jennie Stuart Health where he was flown to Skyline Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.

The report could not identify who was driving the vehicle, but did say the vehicle had been traveling between 70 and 80 miles per hour and alcohol may have been involved.

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