Semi Accident Causes Second Injury

A tow truck driver called to clear a crash in Madison County ended up needing help himself.

It all started after a semi overturned on highway 52 near the Madison/Garrard County line.

Around 8:30 Thursday morning, a truck hauling sand ran off the road and hit a tree. The driver over corrected and went back across the road, flipping his truck and then crashing into a bridge.

The driver was taken to the hospital with what police say were minor injuries. But as state police were briefing the media and crews were cleaning up the scene, another accident happened.

Chester Powells owns the wrecker company that was called to the scene. He was apparently run over by one of his own trucks when the driver backed up without seeing him.

Powells was taken to Patty A. Clay Hospital where he was listed in stable condition Thursday evening.

State highway department engineers say the bridge is structurally sound and was reopened shortly after noon.

Police say charges may be pending against 56-year-old Kenneth Leach from Ohio. He was the driver of the semi.


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  • by Steve Location: New Jersey on Apr 22, 2007 at 08:07 PM
    That is terrible... What was the driver looking at? Accident scenes have alot of personel around. Vehicles should be moved without knowing where you are going and if the path is clear. Clearly this operator does not belong in these situations at the very least.
  • by John Fenshaw Location: Lakeland F.L Tikrit Iraq on Apr 21, 2007 at 05:03 PM
    my prayers for a speedy recovery very sad news. take care and be in good spirits thank god it could have been worse.
  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Apr 20, 2007 at 08:19 AM
    I can't believe you all would show such a picture of an injured man like that.

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