A three-vehicle wreck sent four people to the hospital with injuries Tuesday on U.S. 119 at Calvin.
According to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jason Freeman, Dustin Blair, 25, of Hopkinsville, was traveling north in a 2000 Ford F-350 box truck when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a parked (on the northbound shoulder) 2015 Chevrolet Colorado truck in the rear operated by Jeremy Abner, 29, of Barbourville.
“When the box truck made impact with parked truck, it caused the truck operated by Mr. Abner to roll over,” Freeman said. “The box truck then bounced back onto U.S. 119 heading north and crossed into the southbound lane striking a southbound vehicle head-on.”
Freeman said the southbound 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer was operated by Kimberly Gibbons, 51, of Calloway. Gibbons had an 8-year-old female passenger in the vehicle, and they sustained serious injuries.
Gibbons was airlifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the child was transported to UK by ambulance. Abner and Blair were treated at Pineville Community Hospital, Freeman said.
The crash caused a portion of U.S. 119 to be shut down and forced traffic to be rerouted across Laurel Hill. Troopers with the Kentucky State Police blocked U.S. 119 at each of the KY 987 entrances for rerouting purposes.
Freeman said no citations were issued to anyone involved in the crash. He said the driver of the box truck said he had been traveling from Louisville delivering supplies and was on his way to Croushorn Equipment in Harlan to make a delivery when the crash occurred. He said he dropped a wheel off the road and lost control.
Freeman was assisted at the scene by the Kentucky State Police, Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Venable, Bell County Fire Department and Bell County EMS.
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