One person killed Friday in the second of two serious wrecks on southbound Interstate 65 has been identified.
At 1:20 a.m. Friday, Kentucky State Police received a call from Hardin County Control about a collision involving multiple tractor-trailers and passenger cars at the 79-mile marker between Sonora and Upton. The crash involved five commercial vehicles and two passenger cars.
The investigation determined that one of the passenger cars traveling southbound for unknown reasons, lost control and went into the path of a semi tractor-trailer grain truck causing the passenger car to overturn after being hit, according to a KSP statement.
The car was struck by another semi that resulted in a chain reaction with two other semis and another passenger car. The driver of the first passenger car and one of the semi drivers were flown to University Hospital in Louisville for life-threatening injuries and were last listed in critical but stable condition, police said. The other drivers involved were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A second collision almost six hours later resulted in a fatality.
Shortly after 7 a.m., KSP says Michael W. Surber, 47, of Sharonville, Ohio, operating a Fed Ex semi with tandem trailers was stopped in the right lane because the other collision that blocked traffic. Mickey E. Williams, 42, of Salyersville, who was operating a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, failed to stop and collided with the rear trailer, KSP said.
Williams was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.
Surber was uninjured and did not require medical attention. A co-driver of Surber’s vehicle was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and later released.
State police said earlier news statements indicating two deaths were in error.
I-65 southbound between the 86- and 76-mile markers was shut down for nearly 12 hours to allow troopers to reconstruct both collisions. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Glendale Fire Department, Sonora Fire Department, Hardin County EMS, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Hardin County Coroner’s Office assisted KSP Post 4 at the scene.
The collisions remain under investigation by Detective Bryan Washer, a trained reconstructionist, and Sgt. Adam Likins.