COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Officials say five people including three children have been killed in a head-on crash on a two-lane highway in northern Kentucky.

Independence Fire Chief Scott Breeze said the collision happened Thursday and involved two vehicles. He said the five killed were in one vehicle and a sixth person in the other vehicle was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Kenton County Police Chief Michael "Spike" Jones said police have determined that a Honda Pilot driven by 54-year-old Daniel Greis crossed the center line and struck a car being driven by 26-year-old Rodney Pollitt Jr. of Independence. Pollitt and his four passengers died at the scene. They included 27-year-old Samantha Malohn, 6-year-old Cailie Pollitt, 8-year-old Brenden Pollitt and 9-year-old Hailieann Pollitt, all of Dry Ridge, Kentucky.

Jones said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. He told WDRB News the crash was "the worst crash I've seen in 30 years of law enforcement," and said accident reconstructionists were continuing their investigation Friday.

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