Nearly two dozen people were injured in a highway pileup in Kentucky Tuesday, Jan. 16, involving multiple vehicles, including two tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus.
Bowling Green, Kentucky’s WBKO Channel 13 reported that preliminary investigations found that winter weather conditions played a role in the accident, which occurred before 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Bonnieville, Kentucky.
According to Kentucky State Troopers, a tractor-trailer driven by Kenith Miller, 54, of Tampa, Florida, was traveling on I-65 southbound when he struck a Kentucky Transportation Department Safety Patrol truck that was parked in the right emergency lane to assist a stalled Greyhound passenger bus. The Safety Patrol truck, which was operated by Randall Simmons, 54, of Munfordville, Kentucky, had its emergency lights activated to warn other motorists to use caution.
When the tractor-trailer collided with the Safety Patrol truck, it plunged forward into a Ford F-150 service truck that was parked in front of the Safety Patrol vehicle. The 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer pushed the service truck into the back of the Greyhound bus.
Shortly after the initial collisions, a second tractor-trailer operated by Russell Collins, 52, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, collided with the tractor-trailer operated by Mr. Miller, further damaging Mr. Miller’s truck and the Ford F-150 service truck.
According to WBKO, 21 people, most of whom were Greyhound passengers, were injured in the crashes and taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Eighteen of the injured people, all Greyhound passengers, were released. Three others, occupants of the service truck, were also treated at a local hospital for crash injuries. Two of those people were released and one, a juvenile, remained in hospitalized in stable condition as of Wed., Jan. 17.
Kentucky authorities said the crashes remain under investigation.