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Injury collision on I-64 at Mile-Marker 107

Date of News Release: 12/12/2011

(Morehead, Ky.) -- On Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 9:02 PM Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Montgomery County dispatch requesting assistance in reference to an injury accident that occurred near the westbound 107 mile marker on Interstate 64 in Montgomery County. Trooper Kenna Burton, Trooper Nathan Shortridge, Trooper Michael Wathan, Sergeant Jeff Lewis, Trooper Michael Armstrong, CVE Sergeant Jason Townsend, and Montgomery County Fire and EMS responded to the scene. Michael Skaj was traveling westbound on I-64 in his tractor trailer when he struck an abandoned trailer carrying a Chevrolet Camaro that was left parked in the left lane of traffic with no lights or reflectors. After striking the trailer, Mr. Skaj lost control of the truck and came to rest partially in the median of the interstate, leaving the abandoned trailer in the right lane of traffic. Shortly after, Jeremiah Merritt was also traveling westbound on I-64 when he struck the trailer and flipped his 2004 Volvo several times coming to rest on top of the guardrail. The passengers Megan Robinson and Joshua Merritt were taken to University of Kentucky Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash. Both victims were released the next morning. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident which remains under investigation by Trooper Kenna Burton. The owner of the abandoned trailer carrying the Camaro has yet to be identified.

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