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Update: Injury Accident Involving Multiple Commercial Vehicles on Interstate 65

Date of News Release: 1/17/2018

Bonnieville, KY (January 16, 2018) – ** Preliminary investigation has revealed weather conditions and a snow and ice covered roadway have been listed as contributing factors to the cause of an injury accident which occurred Tuesday morning at the 70 mile marker southbound on Interstate 65 near Bonnieville. Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Officers arrived at the scene and found that Kenith Miller (54) of Tampa, Fl was operating a 2007 Volvo semi truck and trailer when he struck a Safety Patrol truck owned by the Kentucky Transportation cabinet, which was parked stationary in the right emergency lane with its emergency lights activated. It was being operated by Randall Simmons (64) of Munfordville, KY who was assisting a stalled Greyhound bus, warning drivers of the bus, which was parked ahead in the emergency lane. Upon impact with the Safety Patrol vehicle, the Volvo semi-truck continued its path of travel, striking a parked Ford F-150 service truck, which was stationary in front of the Safety Patrol vehicle. As a result, the service truck struck the Greyhound bus, which was parked ahead of it, in a rear end manner. A short time later, a second semi-truck and trailer commercial vehicle, operated by Russell Collins (52) of Ft. Wayne, IN, traveling southbound, struck the 2007 Volvo operated by Miller, causing further damage to both Miller’s vehicle and the service truck.

A total of 21 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Eighteen occupants of the Greyhound bus were transported to both Hardin Memorial and Caverna hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, and were treated and released. Three occupants of the service truck were transported to the above area hospitals. Two of the occupants were treated and later released. The third occupant, a juvenile, was transported to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

This investigation continues, and is being led by Trooper Justin Rountree. Trooper Rountree was assisted on scene by Upton Fire Department, Bonnieville Fire Department, Munfordville Fire Department, KSP Post 4, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Barren/Metcalfe EMS, Hart County EMS, and Hardin County EMS. No further information is available for release.

Injury Accident Involving Multiple Commercial Vehicles on Interstate 65

Date of News Release: 1/17/2018

Bonnieville, KY (January 16, 2018) – KSP Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers are currently on the scene of a five vehicle commercial vehicle collision involving a Greyhound bus, two additional commercial vehicles, and two passenger vehicles. The collision occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning. At this time, multiple occupants have been transported to both Caverna and Hardin Memorial hospitals, via EMS, for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. The extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

All lanes of Interstate 65 southbound have been temporarily closed due to blockage from the collision, and will remain closed for an extended period of time. All southbound traffic is being diverted onto US 31W at the 71 mile marker (Bonnieville exit), and directed back onto the interstate at the 65 mile marker (Munfordville exit)

Drivers are encouraged to slow their speeds and use caution when approaching this area due to heavy traffic congestion and slick roadway conditions. Updates concerning this collision will follow. The investigation is ongoing, currently being conducted by CVE Officers and Post 3 Troopers. No further information is available for release at this time.