TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Ohio Man Missing After Interstate 24 Collision
Date of News Release: 02/10/2011
(Lake City, KY) – A Wakeman, Ohio man is missing after an early morning collision on Interstate 24 in Livingston County, Kentucky. Just after 4:00 AM CST, a white Ford van driven by 64-year-old Roy Hastings Jr., encountered icy conditions and lost control of his vehicle on the westbound side of the Cumberland River Bridge. Hastings' vehicle struck the inside concrete wall of the bridge and became disabled. Witness statements reveal that Hastings exited his own vehicle following his collision. A short time later, a semi-tractor and trailer hauling horses drove upon the Ford van disabled in the roadway. The operator of the semi attempted to avoid the van but could not, and a collision with the van occurred. There is no evidence indicating that Hastings was inside of his van at the time of the collision. Two separate collision's involving three semi trucks also occurred on the bridge blocking the roadway completely. None of the semi occupants were injured during the collision events. Interstate 24 was closed to traffic between mile marker 31 and mile marker 40 until approximately 9:00 AM CST.
At this time, investigators believe that Hastings jumped off of the side of Cumberland River Bridge to avoid being struck by the semi. There is however, no evidence at this time indicating Hastings was struck by any vehicle involved. Rescue Crews from Livingston, Marshall, and Lyon counties are currently searching the Cumberland River for any sign of Roy Hastings. Kentucky State Police were assisted throughout the morning by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Livingston County Rescue Squad, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Updates will follow as new information becomes available regarding the search for Hastings.