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Two Injured in a Two Vehicle Collision on I-75
Date of News Release: 03/16/2010
(London, Ky.) -- On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at approximately 2:21 AM the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London received a report of a traffic crash on I-75, with injury, in Whitley County.
Upon arrival KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Mike Hamblin determined that a teal (blue/green), 2000, International, tractor-trailer, operated by Aleata L. Butts, 34, of Milledgeville, GA was traveling southbound on I-75 when it approached a slower moving blue and gray, 1988, Ford, Econoline, van operated by Donald E. Springman, 81, of Blanchester, OH. The tractor-trailer struck the van in the rear before striking a guardrail, a concrete bridge side rail and then becoming engulfed in flames. The van did not catch fire.
Both operators sustained minor injuries but only Springman was transported to the Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin for treatment.
Seat belts were in use and no drug or alcohol use was suspected.
KSP-CVE Officer Hamblin is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by the officers from the KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Whitley County Sheriff's Office, the South Whitley Fire Department, the Whitley County EMS and the Department for Emergency Management.