Police captain airlifted after crash

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Vine Grove’s Dale Riggs in stable condition in L’ville

By Kelly Richardson




RADCLIFF — Capt. Dale Riggs of the Vine Grove Police Department was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a car crash on Joe Prather Highway. Riggs was in stable condition Tuesday evening at University Hospital in Louisville. Three others were injured in the crash, one of whom was listed as in serious condition at University Hospital as of early Tuesday night.

Phillip M. Richards, 19, of Jeffersonville, Ind., was traveling north on Ky. 313, also known as Joe Prather Highway, and turned left onto Rogersville Road, failing to yield to Riggs, who was traveling in the opposite direction on the highway, according to  Kentucky State Police. Riggs’ car struck Richards’ car in the front passenger side.

Riggs’ car left the road and rolled several times, KSP investigators said.

The crash happened at about 12:50 p.m.

Richards was listed in serious condition, while the two passengers in his car, Jeffrey M. Bailey, 20, and Salenna True, 18, both of Radcliff, had minor injuries, according to KSP. They were taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital but were not admitted.

Riggs, 50, was on duty at the time of the crash, Vine Grove Chief Steve Manning said Riggs was on his way to Elizabethtown.

Riggs served as chief of the Vine Grove Police Department until last summer, when his position was changed from chief to captain because Mayor Donovan Smith chose to have a three-person committee oversee the force.

That decision was overturned and Steve Manning was hired as chief when Smith learned the police department wouldn’t receive some state funding without a chief.

Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747.