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Triple Fatal Collision on I-75 in Laurel County, KY

Date of News Release: 09/26/2007

(LONDON, KY.) - On Wednesday 09-26-2007 at 2:59 PM the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London received a report of a three vehicle traffic crash, with injury, on Interstate 75 at the 48 mile marker in Laurel County.

Upon arrival KSP Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Detective Mike Bowling determined that a White 1999 Ford Taurus Station Wagon, driven by Rosanna Rose, 82, of Oakridge, TN was northbound on I-75 when it went out of control in a curve, crossed the median and struck unit two head-on. Unit two a Black 2008 Toyota Camry, driven by Patricia Gaston, 61, of Rome, GA was southbound on I-75 when it was struck by unit one causing it to strike unit three. Unit three a silver 2006 Ford Explorer, driven by Virginia Hansel, 64, of Mount Vernon, KY. was southbound on I-75 when it was struck by unit two.

Ms. Gaston, Mrs. Rose and her passenger Edward Rose, 81, also of Oakridge, TN were fatally injured in the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. Family transported Mrs. Hansel from the scene to the Rockcastle County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Detective Mike Bowling is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper Greg Hill, officers of the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Laurel County Coroners Office, Laurel County EMS, Laurel County Rescue Squad, London Fire Department, Kentucky Division of Highways and Kentucky Safe Patrol.

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