LOUISVILLE, KY – One of two trucks involved in a deadly crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 71 was a service vehicle for AAA Kentucky. The mishap caused immensed traffic backups for drivers heading out of downtown Louisville.
According to Louisville Metro Police, the accident took place at mile marker 7 northbound and it was reported to the police at 6:07 o’clock in the morning. Officers have identified the driver of an AAA Rescue Ranger vehicle who must have lost control of the vehicle. He crashed into a cable barrier before rolling over and hitting a pickup truck along the way.
The driver of the Rescue Ranger vehicle expired in the scene. The operator of the second car was directly transported to University Hospital with injuries considered to be non-life threatening.
Pending clearance of the accident scene, authorities diverted northbound traffic on I-71 to the Watterson Expressway split. However, the I-71 north is not expected to reopened until 11 o’clock in the morning at the earliest.
Another alternative is to exit the Watterson at US 42 and take US 42 to the Gene Snyder Freeway (KY 841/I-265). Once they reach Snyder, drivers will be able to get back onto I-71 north. Another possible detour is to continue west on the Watterson to the Westport Road exit. Drivers can turn left onto Westport Road and use the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) to rejoin I-71 north.
And on the same day, a Louisville man also died after a car crash near Carefree, Ind. that Wednesday afternoon. Authorities had not released his identity because next-of-kin had not been notified.
The county sheriff and county coroner believed that the man likely had a medical condition and was stricken as he was operating his vehicle at State Road 66, about three miles north of Interstate 64.
His car swerved off the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire. Passersby extricated the man from his car but he already died on the scene, said coroner Chris Brown.
Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced Kentucky car accident lawyer now for a free consultation.
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