Tragic week on Kentucky roadways
by IVY BRASHEAR Staff Reporter
FRANKFORT Preliminary statistics* indicate that twenty-five people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadwaysfrom Monday, March 22 through Sunday, March 28, 2010.
Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of thirteen victims is unknown. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Casey, Franklin, Henry, Jefferson (2), Kenton and Knox counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Henry and Knox County crashes.
Eleven people lost their lives in a motor vehicle crash that occurred on I-65 NB in Hart County when a semi-truck crossed the interstate median and crashed head-on into a Mennonite church van. The truck driver and ten people inside the van perished at the scene. The seat belt status of those victims is unknown at this time. Two children, ages three and five, survived the crash and were transported to a nearby medical facility for observation.
Two double-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Pike and Woodford County. One of those victims was not wearing a seat belt.
Two crashes involved motorcycles and both victims were wearing helmets. Those crashes occurred in Jessamine and Oldham counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Jessamine County crash.
One pedestrian involved fatality occurred in Bath County.
ThroughMarch28, preliminary statistics* indicate that 147 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is23 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009.There were 127motor vehicle fatalities and 67 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-six of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirteen fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Five crashes involved a motorcycle and three of those victims were not wearing helmets. One crash involved an ATV and the victim was not wearing a helmet. A total of30 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
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