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Semi-truck collision blocks I-65 exit during morning commute

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Crash at Bonnieville sends Tennessee man to hospital

By Sarah Bennett

A collision involving two semi-trucks Thursday at the Bonnieville exit on Interstate 65 sent a Tennessee man to a Louisville hospital and reduced northbound traffic to one lane during the morning commute.

The two-vehicle collision was reported at 3:23 a.m. CDT Thursday to Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green, according to a news release.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed James Barnett, 40, of Nashville, Tenn., for unknown reasons, veered across both northbound lanes and struck another semi-truck in the rear. The second tractor trailer was parked on the right shoulder near the Bonnieville exit ramp at mile-marker 71, police said.

Barnett was ejected from his vehicle on impact, police said. It is unknown if he was wearing a seat belt.

According to police, Barnett was flown to University Hospital in Louisville, where he is listed in stable condition.

Jessie Taylor, 39, of Harvest, Ala., and Jeremy Lee, 39, of Decatur, Ala., occupied the parked semi at the time of impact, but police said they did not report any injuries.

Trooper Wesley Medley leads the ongoing investigation. He was assisted on scene by Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Hart County EMS and Bonnieville Fire Department.

The Bonnieville exit was blocked until 9:30 a.m. CDT when emergency crews cleared the scene, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.