(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) – A stretch of roadway was shut down again Monday afternoon after a six vehicle accident. This is on the heels of two multi-vehicle accidents just 16 minutes apart on Saturday that killed six people and critically injured three.
Trooper Norman Chaffins, Public Affairs Officer for the Kentucky State Police, said the accident took place at 2:30 p.m. ET in the southbound lane at exit 94.
A 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer operated by Jerry D. Compton (60) of Leitchfield, KY was traveling south in the center lane of I-65. The Freightliner struck the rear of a 2013 Ford Escape operated by John R. Warner (61) of Goshen, KY.
The Ford went airborne and overturned landing in the left hand lane. The Freightliner continued southbound striking a 2005 Pontiac Montana operated by Tanya R. Martz (38) of Greensburg, KY. Martz was stopped in traffic.
The Pontiac Montana then struck the rear of a 2011 Ford Transit Connect operated by Natalie F. Mudd (35) of Shelbyville, KY. The Transit then spun into the left hand lane where it came to final rest.
The Ford Transit Connect turned sideways in the center lane and was struck in the passenger side by the Freightliner and was pushed into the rear of a 1997 Volvo tractor-trailer operated by Steve D. Mabe II (44) of Middletown, OH.
As the Ford Transit Connect spun sideways it also struck a 2007 Jeep Commander in the passenger door. The Jeep Commander was operated by David Pruett (49) of Noblesville, IN.
Warner was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital with life threatening injuries and remains in critical condition, according to Chaffins. Mudd and Martz were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital. Mudd was later transported by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital. Martz was treated and released from Hardin Memorial.
Sgt. Greg Hill is investigating the crash.