Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
According to KSP, Trooper Brian Gann was responding to an injury accident on William Simmons Road in Warren County just outside the Wingfield Community on Monday, July 17, 2017 at approximately 4:17 pm. Trooper Gann was traveling northbound on KY 185 in a marked KSP patrol vehicle with his emergency equipment, including blue lights and siren, activated near the Anna community.
KSP said that as Trooper Gann attempted to overtake multiple vehicles, a red 1998 Chevrolet pickup, traveling the same direction as Trooper Gann, attempted a left turn onto Pruitt Road by crossing the southbound lane. Trooper Gann’s vehicle struck the pickup in the driver’s front fender and door, causing both vehicles to exit the roadway into a ditch.
The driver, Joyce D. Smith (63), of Bowling Green, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office. She was restrained in her seatbelt at the time of the collision. Her passenger, Leroy Smith (79) of Bowling Green, was transported to the Medical Center Hospital in Bowling Green, where he was treated and released for injuries sustained in the collision. Trooper Gann was transported to the Medical Center Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was treated and released.
KY HWY 185 near Pruitt Road was closed for nearly five hours while emergency and investigative crews were on scene. The KY Transportation Cabinet announced that the road was reopened last night at 10:07pm.
According to KSP spokesperson Trooper Jeremy Hodges, Trooper Gann will be temporarily placed on administrative leave, as per all KSP critical incidents.
This incident is being investigated by the KSP Collision Analysis branch, and is still ongoing.