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Injury Crash with Road Closure on Western Kentucky Parkway

Date of News Release: 03/01/2007

Nortonville, KY (Hopkins County) - Eldon Jones Sr. age 66 of Crestwood, KY was operating a 2006 International tractor-trailer westbound on the Western Kentucky Parkway at approximately the 34 mile-marker. He was hauling steel racks. For an undetermined reason, the vehicle drifted off the left-hand side of the roadway into the median. The vehicle struck a guardrail end and continued into the median for approximately 278 feet along the guardrail. The tractor-trailer struck a bridge railing and re-entered the westbound portion of the roadway. The trailer being hauled struck the bridge railing and turned onto its side detaching from the tractor. The tractor continued westbound an additional 157 feet before coming to rest upright in the travel portion of the roadway. The trailer continued along the bridge railing for approximately 52 feet before coming to rest on its left side on the bridge railing, partially hanging over the bridge. The axles of the trailer detached from the trailer and came to rest in the westbound lanes of the roadway. Mr. Jones sustained minor injuries. He was treated at the scene. Mr. Jones was wearing a seatbelt.

Kelly Johnson age 20 of Greenville, OH was operating a 1997 Oldsmobile Acheiva westbound on the Western Kentucky Parkway when she encountered the axles of the tractor-trailer in the roadway. She was unable to avoid them and struck them with the front of her vehicle causing moderate damage to it. Ms. Johnson and her three passengers were not injured. All subjects were wearing restraints.

The contents of the trailer did not spill. However, diesel fuel and oil spilled onto the roadway. Both westbound lanes were closed until approximately 1:33 p.m. Traffic was detoured while crews worked to clear the roadway.

Tpr. Nick Rice investigated the crash that occurred on March 1, 2007 at 4:00 a.m. The Hopkins County Sheriff's Department, South Hopkins Fire/Rescue, Medical Center Ambulance Service, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Hopkins County Emergency Management, Hopkins County EPA and the Kentucky Highway Department assisted at the scene.

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