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One Killed in a Three Freightliner Collision on I-65

Date of News Release: 12/08/2009

(Bowling Green, Ky.) -- Floyd Frye was traveling northbound on I-65 at approximately 55 MPH due to the uphill grade. Shukri Haji was traveling behind Mr. Frye's Freightliner at approximately 70 MPH. Mr. Haji's Freightliner struck the rear of Mr. Frye's Freightliner causing the vehicles to become entangled; both drivers were wearing seatbelts at this time. Both drivers exited their vehicles that were sitting in the right lane and began to try to warn northbound traffic that their vehicles were disabled. Manjit Gill's Freightliner approached the crash scene and apparently failed to see that Mr. Haji's Freightliner and Mr. Frye's Freightliner were disabled in the right lane. Mr. Gill's Freightliner impacted the rear of Mr. Haji's Freightliner and forced Mr. Haji's Freightliner and Mr. Frye's Freightliner further up the interstate. A fire engulfed Mr. Gill's Freightliner and Mr. Haji's Freightliner during the crash. Mr. Gill was ejected from the Freightliner and pronounced dead at the scene by the Hart County Coroner; driver of Mr. Gill was not wearing a seatbelt. Mr. Haji and Mr. Frye were outside of their vehicles at the time of the second collision and were uninjured. A lengthy cleanup process had to be conducted due to the fire and diesel spill on the roadway. The heavy rain that occurred after the crash hampered the cleanup process. The interstate was finally re-opened 10 hours after the crash once it was determined that the roadway was safe for motorists to travel on. The crash investigation is continuing.

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