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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (March 3 through March 9)

Date of News Release: 03/10/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that fourteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, March 3 through Sunday, March 9, 2008.

Twelve of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and six of those victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the motor vehicle fatalities was a result of the suspected use of alcohol. One fatality involved a pedestrian and one involved a motorcycle.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Adair, Bullitt, Clay, Fayette, Livingston, Logan, Meade, Muhlenberg and Rowan counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Boone county and the pedestrian fatality occurred in Graves county.

A triple fatality crash occurred on I-65 at the 74 mile marker in Hart county involving a tractor trailer and a minivan. The minivan slid on the rain slick roadway and crossed the median entering the southbound lane where it struck the tractor trailer. The driver of the minivan and both passengers were killed. The driver of the tractor trailer did not sustain any injuries.

Through March 9, preliminary statistics* indicate that 131 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. That is eight more than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 111 motor vehicle fatalities, 75 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 7 motorcycle fatalities and 3 of those were not wearing helmets. A total of 26 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Thirteen fatalities have been pedestrians.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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