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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A pregnant woman was killed and two other women were hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash Monday morning on I-71 in northeast Louisville.
It happened just before 8:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-71 near the Gene Snyder interchange.
The coroner's office identified the woman as Latonya Hunt, 31, of Sidon, Mississippi. She was 27 weeks pregnant; she and her unborn child died at University of Louisville Hospital about an hour after the crash, deputy coroner Rita Taylor said.
According to police, the vehicle apparently flipped over a guardrail and crashed into a tree. The pregnant woman, Hunt, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was ejected.
April Prather said she was driving to work when she saw the deadly crash. She stopped to help the pregnant woman who later died.
"She veered over into the slow lane and kept going. That's when her car started flipping," Prather said. "You could see there was all kinds of clothes and papers and everything was flying through the air."
Prather said she's been crying all day after witnessing the crash.
She described what she saw when she first got to the scene: "There was one woman who was ejected from the vehicle and you could tell both of her legs were broken. There was another one pinned inside the passenger seat and was pinned up under the dash and one out the window. You could see another leg from somebody in the back."
The Worthington Fire Department said it took 50 minutes to rescue two other women inside, as the SUV was lying on its side.
The chief said it was a difficult process because firefighters had to cut apart the vehicle just to get the women out. Police said both were at University Hospital with serious injuries.
"We're talking to some witnesses and at this point, may have seen what happened prior to that, may have been a tire issue, again we are going to examine and look at what could have happened. Our investigators are well trained at that. We'll hopefully have more of a definitive answer down the line," said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell.
Prather said, "It's been really hard. I've been really upset all day. I don't think they were wearing seat belts. I don't know if that would have saved her if she had one on."
No other cars were involved in the crash. Traffic was backed up for miles, as police investigated what happened.
Prather added, "I just know she was going at a pretty good rate of speed, but everyone was though. I just thought when she veered over she over-corrected."
The southbound lanes of I-71 were closed for several hours while crews cleared the scene.