CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash on I-71 in Henry County on Wednesday morning that left one person dead and injured two others, including a KSP trooper.
It happened in the southbound lanes around 7:30 a.m. at the 30-mile marker, according to Trooper Steven Dykes.
Trooper Mickey Gonterman responded to a call of dogs in the road, Dykes said during a press conference. “Trooper Gonterman and the caller were walking along the right-hand shoulder, near the bridge over Fallen Timber Road, when a vehicle that moved into the left-hand lane rapidly decelerated. A box truck and a tractor-trailer that were also in the left lane, moved into the right lane to avoid the car.
“The tractor-trailer struck the box truck in the rear, causing the box truck to jackknife across both lanes and overturn on the bridge, striking both men,” Dykes said. Fifty-six-year-old John Crawford of Campbellsburg was pinned, and Trooper Gonterman fell 30 feet from the bridge, Dykes said.
Crawford was pronounced at the scene by the Henry County Coroner, while Gonterman was flown to University of Louisville Hospital. Dykes says the trooper arrived there in critical condition, but has been since been upgraded to stable, and is expected to recover. The driver of the box truck was taken to the Oldham County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Dykes says based on the initial investigation, “It appears the car slowing down was a response to the traffic flow, that everyone had been slowing down.”
No charges have been filed.
Gonterman has been with the KSP nearly 20 years, Dykes said. “Mickey is known very well. He’s a great trooper, a great person and a great friend.”
The crash caused southbound lanes of I-71 to be closed for several hours, while troopers investigated.