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Two hurt in tractor trailer-dump truck collision

Fifty-four-year-old Princeton, Kentucky resident Ronald Merrick and 51-year-old James Vandiver sustained injuries and were hospitalized after their vehicles collided head-on at Kentucky Route 91 in Caldwell County on Friday, September 25.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Merrick had been driving a tractor-trailer that was heading north on Kentucky Route 91 when it ran off the roadway, overcorrected, headed toward the southbound lane, and collided with the dump truck Vandiver was driving, which was loaded with gravel.

Merrick was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, while Vandiver was brought to the Caldwell County Hospital.

KSP’s commercial enforcement division is conducting an investigation into the case. The road was closed for four hours so that maintenance crews could clean up the accident site.

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Two semi-truck accidents briefly close I-65 S

Interstate 65 south was closed to public traffic on May 27 due to two different vehicular accidents that happened within 50 yards of each other, WHAS11 reported.

The first accident, which involved three commercial vehicles and a passenger car, did not result in any injuries, although a large amount of diesel oil spilled into the roadway because of the incident.

The second accident also involved three commercial trucks and an automobile, but this time injuries were reported. Police officers said two of three semi drivers had to be taken to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of their serious injuries.

Police said they are still conducting investigations into both accidents.

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One dead in vehicle-garbage truck collision in Kentucky

According to the Bullitt County Coroner’s Office, 29-year-old Bardstown, Kentucky resident Samantha Greenwell was killed at around 5:30 p.m. after the vehicle she was driving pulled into the path of a garbage truck, resulting in a collision, WDRB News reported. The accident occurred August 21 on Highway 245 in Bullitt County.

The intersection of Highway 245 and Happy Hollow Road, just outside a Jim Beam distillery factory, was closed to public traffic as a result of the accident and on-site investigation. Bullitt County dispatchers said the road was closed until 10 p.m. later the same day. Police investigators are still attempting to determine the details surrounding the fatal car accident.

Funeral arrangements for the deceased were not yet confirmed at the time of the article.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm are deeply sorry for this incident and extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering during this difficult time.


Firefighter killed by passing semi-truck

While putting out a van fire in the southbound lanes of I-65, a semi-truck collided with mother and son volunteer firefighters Lisa, 43, and Jonathan French, 25, resulting in the death of Jonathan, WLKY reported on August 6.

Lisa, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital and was reportedly in stable condition with a broken knee and dislocated elbow. The Glendale Fire Department was run by Jonathan’s uncle,  Fire Chief Richard Peters. Before the accident, the team was attempting to extinguish a van on fire along I-65 in Hardin County. As a precaution, an additional fire truck was placed behind the group. However, the passing semi-truck hit both the truck and Jonathan. Peters assured that all safety procedures were followed that day.

There has yet to be any charges pressed, but police continue to investigate the details of the incident to determine fault.

The attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this great loss.