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Fatal Crash on US 31W in Edmonson County

Date of News Release: 02/02/2007

(BOWLING GREEN, KY) - Donna Byard was traveling northbound on U.S. 31-W. Samuel Steve Gibbons was traveling southbound on U.S. 31-W. Ms. Byard's vehicle dropped off the northbound shoulder of the roadway. Ms. Byard's vehicle re-entered the roadway & because of weather conditions began to rotate counter clockwise & crossed over the center line. Mr. Gibbons' vehicle struck Ms. Byard's vehicle in the passenger side. Mr. Gibbons' vehicle exited the roadway, entered into a ditch, & came to final rest facing southbound. Ms. Byard's vehicle came to final rest in the southbound lane. Mr. Gibbons was pronounced dead at the scene by Edmonson County Coroner Pete Tarrantino. Keith Skaggs passenger of Mr. Gibbons was flown by AIR-EVAC to the Medical Center at Bowling Green where he was admitted for treatment & is in critical condition. Ms. Byard was transported to the Medical Center at Bowling Green by Edmonson County EMS where she was admitted for treatment of injuries & is listed in stable but critical condition. Investigation continues.

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