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January 20, 2014

Southbound I-75 sees series of crashes

No serious injuries reported following Friday wrecks

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

No serious injuries were reported after a series of three crashes on southbound I-75 Friday.

According to Deputy Millard Root with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, a Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 driven by Charles E. Grove, 71, of Alexandria, initially lost control, turned to the left, and slammed into the guide wire guardrail on the median side of the highway around the 21 mile marker.

His wife, Gloria Grove, was a passenger in that Mercedes.

Charles Grove told Root he wasn’t sure what happened to the car, but that it suddenly pulled left. The car still bore temporary license plates on the back.

Seconds later, Brian Imler, 40, of Williamsburg, stopped his Kia Forte in the emergency lane on the right side of south I-75 to see if the driver of the Mercedes needed assistance.

“That black car goes off to the left and hits the guardrail,” Imler said. “I stopped to check on them, and put on my flashers.”

He said that traffic began “rubbernecking” right away.

That’s when a Chrysler Sebring, driven by Linda Crawford, 64, of Corbin, came upon the scene.

“This woman was flying and went to avoid a rubbernecker — I was just getting ready to get out of the car,” Imler said.

Just as he cracked the door, the Chrysler crashed into the back corner of Imler’s parked car, sending the Kia into the guardrail and moving both vehicles several dozen feet from the initial crash site.

The third collision happened while employees with Bolton’s Towing were preparing to load the Mercedes-Benz onto a flatbed trailer.

A pair of trucks with Clayton Homes were transporting a half a mobile home each — the first half managed to wind its way through emergency units at the scene, but not the second half.

As that driver was coming through the crash scene, the back end of the house hooked onto the front bumper of the tow truck, peeling back the bumper. No one was injured in that collision.

Two units with Whitley County EMS were at the scene, as were members of the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Root investigated the first two crashes, while officers with Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement investigated the truck versus mobile home collision.

All crash victims were treated at the scene or refused treatment at the scene. Traffic was slowed down for approximately an hour before the highway was cleared.

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