Wrong Way Crash Kills Two Missing Women

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) - Police say two elderly women who were reported missing from southern Indiana have died in a crash in
western Kentucky after traveling the wrong way on an interstate.
Kentucky State Police say the women were traveling east in the
westbound lanes of Interstate 24 around 10 p.m. Thursday when they
collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.
Police say the coroner pronounced 80-year-old Wilma Joyce
Schoonover and 85-year-old Nadine Coleman, both of Evansville, Ind., dead at the scene in Livingston County.
Kentucky police say the Evansville Police Department received a
missing persons report on the women about the time of the accident.
Truck driver Sherman Majors of Lawton, Okla., was treated for
minor injuries at a local hospital and released.
State transportation spokesman Keith Todd says the accident closed the interstate until 2:36 a.m. Friday.

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  • by bff on May 5, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    I agree with Fred, but I think 60 and over should be tested every year.
  • by Stephanie Location: Lancaster on May 4, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    OK, driving may not be "necessary", but unless you are living in the 1800's, it is a HUGH inconvenience, and a burden to others if you do not drive. Unless you are very self-sufficient and grow all your own food, and make all your clothes, etc., then driving is pretty much needed to function in today's society. And as far as our "quarrel" with anyone over there, that is a different story for a different day-which has nothing to do with oil--just a personal vendetta. But still--you cannot compare deaths from driving with deaths from a war. Again--that is comparing apples with oranges.
  • by jane Location: ky on May 3, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    I'm with Fred on this, except I think we should all take a driving test everytime we renew. It isn't only elderly drivers who are impaired or who forget the laws we learned at 16 or 18. I have known people who developed Alzheimer's at 40 or 50. I know people whose eyesight started to degenerate that young too. How many of us still remember that the law states we are only to be in the left lane to pass and return immediately to the right lane? How many remember that it is illegal to pass on the right, even if someone is hogging the left lane and annoying us? How many of us remember the rules for right of way at a four way stop? If we all had to test we would remember. We would also catch a lot of impaired drivers before they kill someone. Last year I was hit by an elderly driver who sideswiped two stopped cars before she rear-ended my stopped car. She was still accelerating when she hit me, doing $3500.00 damage. She was so confused she thought a stopped car hit her.
  • by jane Location: ky on May 3, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    Actually, driving is not a necessary part of our lives. It is a convenience. Our grandparents got along without it. In our family, we have gotten it down to a bare minimum. We have one car and we put about 10,000 miles a year on it. It sits in the driveway most days. And in fact, if we didn't drive so much, there might not be a war. If we didn't need oil and it had little value, what quarrel would we have with anyone over there. That said, it doesn't change the fact that we can actually do something, individually, about the traffic deaths. All we have to do is drive more carefully. I looked up statistics for Virginia yesterday, where speeding fines top out at $3000.00. It is a much more populous state than ours and includes back mountain roads like ours. Year to date, almost halfway through, they have a bit over 200 deaths.
  • by Stephanie Location: Lancaster on May 2, 2008 at 05:08 PM
    Jane, you may be right--more people may die on roadways than in the Iraq war, but more people drive than are in the war too. That is an important bit of information when you are calculating your statistics. You are comparing apples to oranges. I agree that there are too many DUI's and deaths that could have been prevented, and something should be done to stop those people. But no, I do not think that is a "bit hypocritial". Driving is a necessary part of our lives--war is not. There is the difference.
  • by Fred Garvin Location: Lexington KY on May 2, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    I think that those who 70 and over should have to take the road test every year and if they fail then thery lose thier license. If they fail 3 times they should lose it permantely.
  • by Evelyn Location: Lexington on May 2, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    Good comment Jane. I agree 100 percent. Age probably had a factor in these deaths. These ladies at 80 & 85 might of had it all to gether and made a wrong turn, but it was a deadly turn. Thank God they didn't hit a car full of kids.
  • by Doug Location: London on May 2, 2008 at 01:27 PM
    I don't want to sound rash and don't want to hurt anyone already hurt by theses deaths. But when it is your time to you could fall out of bed one morning and that be it.
  • by jane Location: ky on May 2, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    There are three fatal traffic accidents on this website today. I just did some research on the US census website and a military ops statistics site. In 2005, the most recent year for which traffic statistics are available, 43,443 people died in traffic accidents in the US. 985 of those people were in KY. By comparison, that same year 840 military personnel were killed in Iraq. Why are we protesting the war dead, and not the traffic deaths? Isn't that a bit hypocritical? If we really oppose senseless loss of innocent life, shouldn't we be doing more to stop the carnage on our roads? Most "accidents" aren't actually accidents. They are caused by impaired drivers, distracted drivers, overconfidence, equipment failure, disobeying traffic laws, excessive speed for conditions (the posted speed is the maximum allowed speed, not minimum and is often too fast in rain, snow). Each of us can do a lot to stop highway deaths. We also need to push for more enforcement of the law.
  • by Praying Location: Berea, KY on May 2, 2008 at 09:44 AM
    May the Lord be with the families of both ladies who were killed, and also the truck driver.
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