La Grange man dies in Thursday morning crash on I-71

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By Drew Nichter

A multi-car crash on Interstate 71 Thursday morning claimed the life of a La Grange man.

According to police, a gray Chrysler passenger vehicle traveling southbound on I-71 at 7:44 a.m. crossed the median near the 16 mile marker, hitting a red Jeep SUV in the northbound lanes. The Chrysler was then struck by a semi-tractor trailer.

The driver of the Chrysler, Ian Connin, 27, of La Grange, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep, Mary Casebier, 50, of Louisville, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

The driver of the semi, JB Benson, 39, of Carrollton, was not injured.

Another driver Ashton Johnson, 26, of Bedford, sustained minor injuries when she drove into the median to avoid the crash. She was taken to Baptist Health La Grange.

Police say all of the drivers involved in the crash were wearing their seatbelts.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.