Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Non-Injury collision on I-64 in Montgomery County
Date of News Release: 04/18/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- Mark A. Sherry was driving a Class A tractor trailer and was traveling westbound on I-64 at the 105 mile marker, when his vehicle crested the top of a rise and struck Thomas Browning's vehicle in the rear. Mr. Browning was traveling in the right westbound lane, pulling a horse trailer loaded with four horses. Mr. Sherry attempted to avoid the collision by maneuvering into the left lane. Mr. Sherry's vehicle struck the left rear side of the horse trailer, pushing Mr. Browning's vehicle into the left lane as they both came to rest. Two of the four horses sustained injury during the collision and all four were offloaded onto another horse trailer. Mr. Browning stated he was traveling at approximately 45 MPH prior to being struck. Mr. Sherry stated he was traveling at approximately 62 MPH and as he crested the rise in the road, he did not see Mr. Browning's vehicle until it was too late. Mr. Sherry further advised that he did not see lights on the rear of the trailer of Mr. Browning's vehicle. Upon inspection of Mr. Browning's vehicle, the connector for the trailer had a damaged pin, which is believed to have been inoperable at the time of the collision. Due to the horses being offloaded to another vehicle and removal of the tractor trailer from the horse trailer, the westbound lanes of I-64 were shut down for several hours. This collision was investigated by Officer Dennis Johnson U/4342 and assisted by Trooper Nathan Shortridge U/1111 and Trooper Anson Tribby U/387.