A deadly head on crash shut down a stretch of Interstate 75 in Madison County Wednesday night.
It happened around 9:00pm in the northbound lanes near mile marker 92 in Richmond.

Police say they believe the elderly female driver got on the interstate at exit 95 headed the wrong way.
She crashed into two cars before she slammed into an SUV head on. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

The crash is still under investigation. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

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  • by D Location: Richmond on Oct 25, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    I would like to thank Larry Gipson's son and the other person who tried to help my Mother. Please do not feel guilty; it was God's Will (as my Mother always said). I am very sorry to all the victims of this tragedy as there are many. I truly wish you all well.
  • by citizen of eastern ky Location: eastern KY on Oct 15, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    I do feel sorry for the family of the lady who lost her life. At night, who knows what wrong turns that any of us would make. Even me, in my 20's have worried of making a wrong turn on a highway exit.I want to extend my prayers to the family of the victim and the other driver that was sent to hospital and to the other drivers in the accident.I was shocked to learn that someone I know was involved in that accident but luckily they were unharmed.To read the comment from the man from Maryland whose son tried to help, that left chills on my arms, to read about someone who would put their own life on the line to help the victim.Yes I said victim, we all are victims at one time or another, no matter what the situation is.It is people like that that make the world go around, the ones who care, not the ones that run their mouth about what needs to be done. There is a time and a place for this kind of negativity but don't do this for hurting families to see. I can only imagine how it would feel
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Oct 15, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    Since driver's education IS NOT madatory in KY, there needs to be some type of re-evaluation. Even those that just receive their license or those who have had it for 10 years; same thing...no mandatory driver's education.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Oct 14, 2007 at 06:32 PM
    Driving is a privilege, not a right. It's on the first page of the driving manual and is on the paper you signed when you got your license. With that said, I think it's way past-due for our legislators to institute continuing testing every 5 years from the time you originally get your license. Including a comprehensive vision, sign recognition, and written test (maybe even a road test too). This is not picking on any age group, just hopefully will weed out any drivers who aren't as good as they were 5 years ago, etc. As for Lillian, I sincerely hope she had given her life to Christ during her 78 years. If she didn't, then all the praying in the world won't change the outcome in eternity. Sorry to sound harsh, but I see a lot when people die and others (not really Christian but wanting to sound like they are) will say things like "God Bless" or "pray for that person". Well, once life has ended, prayer doesn't help. Accept Grace while you're alive and you'll be fine.
  • by J Location: Richmond on Oct 14, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    I already pay out enough without sombody thinking up another way to take even more of my hard earned money.. Sorry to disagree with the 10yr re-test idea.. The problem lies in many different areas.. The young that are inexperienced and don't realize that a car can get you killed and can kill others.. The old that begin not to see as well as before..The engineers that come up with all these different ways to construct the roadways, with turn lanes in the middle of the hi-ways for traffic that's turning in the opposite direction to meet head on.. I've seen drivers use this lane to get up speed before entering traffic.. The amount of traffic has increesed over the years, notice those rush hours.. Lack of driver courtesy is a big problem from what I've experienced also.. Being cut off, tail-gated or pushed up the road.. People havn't forgotten how to drive, they just don't care, as long as they can get from point A to B as fast as they can, that's all they care about..
  • by neighbor of 95 exit Location: Richmond on Oct 13, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    Really folks!!!!! wrong time to bring up such issues. Check out the situation at the 95 exit. It is very confusing for a lot of people. I saw a man turn onto the same ramp going the same wrong way not long ago at all. He did not have grey hair. The whole situation on that ramp is very dangerous and completely ignored by whomever should be responsible for making it a safe intersection!!! Not only do people get confused there, but often they have no choice but to get in the line of traffic backed all the way down the interstate waiting to exit. People just sitting on the side of the interstate on a daily basis. It is ridiculous and if it is not fixed this will not be the first unfortunate victim. Having people retested every day will not fix the exit's issues!!!!
  • by c Location: fkt on Oct 12, 2007 at 05:20 AM
    I disagree that a certain age should be the criteria for a driving re-test. EVERYONE should be re-tested every 10 years. We all get into bad habits, forget the driving manual rules, and become too laxed in the way we drive. I cannot tell you how many times, at a 3 or 4 way stop that people forget who has the right of way! People don't use turn signals nor rear view mirrors! I don't think we need to pick on the elderly! I think WE ALL NEED TO BE REMINDED HOW TO DRIVE FROM TIME TO TIME! As far as this accident, seven years ago, I was on I-64 coming home from Lexington and there was a car coming up the wrong way on the road. It was young people in that car and they were doing it to play chicken with the oncoming cars! So it's not the age that's important here! Having ALL people re-tested will help us all. It will generate money for the counties and create jobs. It's just a good idea for all and I'm all for it!
  • by Larry Gibson Location: Maryland on Oct 11, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    My 21 year old son is a senior at EKU. We got a call from him last night. He was sitting on a guard rail on I-75 - in shock. Following a dark colored SUV, he had just moved to the slow lane when suddenly he saw lights coming from the opposite direction. He saw the car coming. Saw the SUV get hit. Almost got ran over by the semi next to him. "Guard rails at 70 miles an hour, dad. Scared the h*** out of me..." he said. He and a trucker tried to help the lady in the car, but he said it was too late. They broke the rear window of the SUV to get to the driver. He called 911 on his cell. It took him two tries before the operator answered the calls. Today he calls to tell us the lady in the SUV has died. He feels guilty, he told us. Guilty he couldn't help the lady in the Lumina. Guilty they couldn't do more. I feel for Lillian and her family, the driver of the Explorer. I feel for the lady and the gentleman suffered injuries as well. And I feel for my son. It was not his fault.
  • by t Location: lexington on Oct 11, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    I know the situation here..know her daughter well. My heart mourns for her. This lady was an extremely nice lady and her daughter is a fantastic lady as well. Before you say what should or shouldn't have happen....know this, it was a mistake that could happen to any of our families. God Bless u DD
  • by Kristy Location: London, Ky on Oct 11, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    I agree that once you reach a certain age there should be a mandatory test. There is no room for mistakes to be made on the road, this situation could have been a lot worse and I am thankful no one else was killed due to a mistake! My prayers are with those who lost the loved one but I am a mother as well. I would hate to lose one of my children due to a mistake someone else made.


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