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Injury Collision on KY 80 in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 01/13/2009

(London, KY) - On Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 12:17 PM EDT the Laurel County 911 center contacted the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London in reference to a traffic crash on KY 80, 7 miles west of London.

Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Charles Garland responded to the scene.

Upon arrival Officer Garland determined that a 1993 white GMC pick-up truck with a trailer, driven by William Abrell, 55, of Russell Springs, KY, was eastbound on KY 80 when it went out of control and sideswiped a tractor-trailer. The GMC's trailer overturned spilling livestock (goats) onto the roadway. Two of the goats struck a westbound Lexus SUV as they were spilled.

The tractor-trailer, a 2005 blue International, was driven by Samuel J. Booth, 51, of Oaklawn, TN and was westbound on KY 80 when it was struck by the GMC.

The SUV, a white 2005 Lexus, was driven by Mary J. Bowen, 59, of Owensboro, KY.

Mr. Abrell was transported from the scene to the Saint Joseph of London Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Mr. Booth and Ms. Bowen were not injured.

Officer Garland is investigating the crash and was assisted at the scene by officers from the Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Kentucky State Police, the Laurel County EMS, the Swiss Colony Fire Department and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

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