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Update: Fatal Collision on I-75 in Whitley County

Date of News Release: 05/20/09

(London, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 05:46 AM the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 in London, was notified by the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN that James Clifton was pronounced dead 05:25 AM from the injuries received in the crash on May 1, 2009.

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Date of News Release: 05/01/09

(London, Ky.) -- On Friday, May 01, 2009, at 3:15 PM the Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Enforcement was notified two vehicle injury traffic crash involving a commercial vehicle on I-75 in Whitley County, KY.

Upon arrival KSP CVE Officer Charles Garland determined that a white 2002 Ford box truck, driven by James Clifton, 64, of Lenore City, TN was southbound on I-75 when, according the another driver, it went out of control on the rain soaked roadway and slid into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer.

The tractor-trailer a gray 2007 Peterbilt, driven by Stephen Engelhard, 43, of Oxford, OH was southbound on I-75 when it struck the Ford box truck.

Mr. Clifton was transported from the scene to the Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, KY and later flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN for treatment of his injuries.

It is unknown at this time if Mr. Clifton was seat belted.

Mr. Engelhard, who was not injured, was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

No alcohol or drug involvement is suspected at this time.

Officer Garland is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by the Whitley County EMS.

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