A woman flying with her newborn child from her former residence in North Carolina to her new home in Colorado received horrible news when she reached the ground. Her husband and two of their other children, en route to Colorado by van, lost their lives in a Kentucky car crash. The collision also injured a third child, though not severely.

The man who perished had recently obtained a master’s degree from Duke University and was a major in the U.S. Army. Reportedly, he due to report to a new duty assignment in Colorado this week. His wife received notification of the accident from military officials waiting for her at the airport when she landed.

The accident occurred near Bonnieville, Kentucky, on Saturday night. A tow truck assisting a vehicle in an earlier crash had stopped partially in the travel lanes. It appears that the major did not see this in time enough to stop.

The father had restrained his children as well as himself. In addition to the 36-year-old man, fatalities include his two daughters, ages two and six. His eight-year-old son was also in the vehicle but sustained only minor injuries in the crash.

The tow truck operator escaped direct involvement in the crash, having not been inside the vehicle at the time. Authorities have not indicated whether the operator bears any responsibility for the crash due to the position of the tow truck, but those injured in a collision with a larger vehicle may find it helpful to discuss the case with an attorney to see if they have grounds for legal action.