I-65 wreck injures woman, snarls traffic

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Seven vehicles involved in Monday morning crash

By Amber Coulter

A seven-vehicle wreck left a woman injured and a major traffic backup Monday morning on Interstate 65.

The wreck occurred at about 9:30 a.m. between mile markers 96 and 97 in the northbound lanes of I-65.

Central Hardin Fire Department Chief Everett Roberts said the incident included seven vehicles in three separate crashes.

Charles “Casey” Miller, 38, of Paducah said the initial crash began when his white Dodge truck hydroplaned for about 100 yards.

The slide ended when the rear of the truck struck a guardrail cable on the left side of the road, causing the vehicle to become stuck, he said.

Miller said he stayed in his truck while motorists in the left lane avoided hitting the front of his vehicle, which protruded into the lane.

After Miller crashed, Shirley Boisvert, 62, of Portland, Tenn., stopped her 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in the center lane to avoid striking Miller’s pickup, police said.

A 1978 Kenworth semi tractor operated by Karl Brown, 58, of Conneautville, Pa., struck the Hyundai in the rear, pushing it into the passenger side of Miller’s pickup, said Norman Chaffins, Kentucky State Police spokesman.

Another vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven Michael Eastman of Cambridge Springs, Pa., struck the rear end of the Kenworth, Chaffins said.

Boisvert was flown from the scene by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening back and neck injuries, Chaffins said.

No other injuries were reported.

Miller wasn’t sure how the other vehicles wrecked, but was thankful he wasn’t injured.

“The guardrail did its job,” Miller said. “I’m OK. I walked away.”

Traffic backed up past the mile-marker 94 as emergency responders removed the vehicles and untangled the guardrail cable from the axle of Miller’s truck. Traffic flow was limited to the right lane for two hours after the crash.

KSP is investigating the wrecks.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.