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Two Semis Collide on Wiliamm Natcher Parkway

Date of News Release: 11/09/2015

(Henderson, KY) - Randall Merritt, 64 of Carmi, IL was southbound on the William Natcher Parkway around the 62 mile-marker, approximately 10 miles south of Owensboro, KY. Michael Williams of Greenfield, IN was also on the William Natcher Parkway heading south. Merritt had just pulled his 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer back onto the parkway after being in a rest location. Merritt said he was operating about 45 miles per hour with his flashers still activated when he noticed Williams coming behind him and not moving over. For an unknown reason, Williams ran into the rear of Merritt's trailer. William's 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer then crossed the median and both northbound lanes before striking a bridge overpass support column.

William's had to be extricated from his truck by hydraulic rescue tools. He was then transported by Yellow Ambulance to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Merritt was not injured.

Williams pulls for EMJ Transportation in Linwood, CA and was hauling aluminum bars. Merritt pulls for Poshard and Son's, INC in Mount Vernon, IN. His truck and trailer remained in commission.

The roadway is currently closed due to a large scene that requires a significant clean-up. Commuters are placed on a detour route of KY 69 and US231. Crews anticipate at least another 45 minutes to an hour before any northbound lanes reopen.

The Kentucky State Police Commercial Enforcement Division is currently investigating the collision.