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Injury Crash on I-65 in Hardin County, KY

Date of News Release: 01/27/2006

(Elizabethtown, KY) - Ronald Kerns (Unit 1) (2003 Freightliner) was traveling southbound on I-65 when the driver (Kerns) left the west side of the roadway, overcorrected and re-entered the southbound lane. Unit 1 then crossed into the path of (Curtis Balentine) unit 2 (1994 Peterbilt) which was in the southbound center lane. Unit 2 driver (Balentine) attempted to avoid unit 1 by moving to the left lane. Unit 1 struck unit 2, and both vehicles crossed the median and each overturned on their sides. Unit 1 caught fire, which was quickly extinguished. Unit 2 spilled its load of grain onto the northbound lanes of I65. Both drivers were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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