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Drummer for Kellie Pickler critically injured in KY crash

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ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WSMV/WAVE) -

Officials have confirmed that a drummer for country music singer Kellie Pickler has been critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash on I-65 in central Kentucky on Saturday.

Drummer Gregg Lohman, 36, of Goodlettsville, TN, suffered a collapsed lung, two broken vertebrae and cracked ribs in the wreck.

Master Trooper Norman Chaffins with Kentucky State Police said Lohman was airlifted from the crash scene to University of Louisville Hospital and was in critical but stable condition Sunday.

Lohman was driving a pickup truck involved in a four-vehicle crash Saturday in the southbound lanes of I-65 about three miles south of Glendale.

Chaffins said Lohman had slowed for a fiery crash that happened 16 minutes earlier on the northbound side of the interstate when Mark Bowser, 58, of Lewisburg, OH, failed to notice that traffic had slowed and crashed his 2013 Freightliner into the back of Lohman's truck.

Lohman's vehicle then hit a 2005 Saturn SUV driven by Victor Martinka, 53, of Glenview, IL. Martinka's vehicle rear-ended a 2012 Chevrolet SUV driven by Stephanie Yates, 55, of Louisville.

Both people in the Saturn, Victor and Lilija Martinka, 51, were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. Neither Bowser nor Yates were injured.

The initial crash at the same location but in the northbound lanes of I-65 happened at 11:13 a.m. Saturday when a tractor-trailer rear-ended a Ford Expedition driven by James Gollnow, 62, of Marion, WI, according to Kentucky State Police. The Expedition burst into flames and hit another vehicle.

Six members of the Gollnow family were killed, including a 92-year-old woman and two foster children, ages 10 and 8. Two other foster children, ages 15 and 12, were the only survivors, but they suffered serious injuries.

KSP is continuing to investigate both crashes.

Meanwhile, members of the Nashville music community continue to send prayers to one of its own. Lohman moved to Nashville in 2000. He's played drums in Pickler's band since 2006.

On Sunday Pickler took to social media. On Facebook she said, "Greg is not than just my drummer, he is family. I believe in miracles and the power of prayer, so it would mean the world to me, my band, and Greg's family if you would please keep him in your prayers."

When not on the road, Lohman can be found in the classroom at Tennessee State University. 

"He's a great role mold for our students. They see him on TV, they seem on the stages around town and it helps to encourage him and motive them to want to be successful like that too," said Robert Elliott, Head of the Department of Music at TSU.

Lohman is an adjunct instructor and usually works one-on-one with students to teach them the beat of their craft.

"Greg Lohman is an important part of preparing those students because he's in that industry," said Elliott.

Jeff Coffin, of The Dave Matthews Band, knows the challenges of the industry. He says it's terrible what happened to Lohman.

"When someone gets injured, especially as a musician, it kind of takes away their lively hood for maybe an extended period of time," Coffin said.

It's not clear when Lohman will be back banging at drums. In a tweet Sunday, Pickler said he was in the ICU and asked for prayers.

His biography on the web page says Lohman has been called to fill in for other acts including Lady Antebellum, SheDaisy, Katrina Elam, Josh Turner, Trent Willmon, Ty Herndon, Brian McComas, Ray Scott, Houston Country and Erika Jo.

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