Bonnieville, KY (January 16, 2018) – **UPDATE**
Kentucky State Police have released information showing that their preliminary investigation has revealed weather conditions and a snow and ice covered roadway have been listed as contributing factors to the cause of an injury accident which occurred Tuesday morning at the 70 mile marker southbound on Interstate 65 near Bonnieville.
Troopers and Commercial Vehicle Officers arrived at the scene and found that Kenith Miller (54) of Tampa, Fl was operating a 2007 Volvo semi truck and trailer when he struck a Safety Patrol truck owned by the Kentucky Transportation cabinet, which was parked stationary in the right emergency lane with its emergency lights activated. It was being operated by Randall Simmons (64) of Munfordville, KY who was assisting a stalled Greyhound bus, warning drivers of the bus, which was parked ahead in the emergency lane.
According to the release, upon impact with the Safety Patrol vehicle, the Volvo semi-truck continued its path of travel, striking a parked Ford F-150 service truck, which was stationary in front of the Safety Patrol vehicle. As a result, the service truck struck the Greyhound bus, which was parked ahead of it, in a rear end manner. A short time later, a second semi-truck and trailer commercial vehicle, operated by Russell Collins (52) of Ft. Wayne, IN, traveling southbound, struck the 2007 Volvo operated by Miller, causing further damage to both Miller’s vehicle and the service truck.
A total of 21 people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Eighteen occupants of the Greyhound bus were transported to both Hardin Memorial and Caverna hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, and were treated and released. Three occupants of the service truck were transported to the above area hospitals. Two of the occupants were treated and later released.
The third occupant, a juvenile, was transported to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.
This investigation continues, and is being led by Trooper Justin Rountree. Trooper Rountree was assisted on scene by Upton Fire Department, Bonnieville Fire Department, Munfordville Fire Department, KSP Post 4, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Barren/Metcalfe EMS, Hart County EMS, and Hardin County EMS.