There were at least two serious accidents in southern Kentucky on I-75 before a deadly one shut down the interstate in Whitley County for hours Wednesday.
Around Noon Wednesday, the Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Enforcement responded to accident with injuries involving two commercial vehicles and one passenger car on I-75 near the 50 mile marker in Laurel County.
Officers found that 44 year old Marvin Kirby of Orlando, Kentucky was operating a 1995 Mercury when he collided with 47 year old Mark D Collier Knoxville, Tennessee who was operating a tractor trailer owned by Highway Transport out of Knoxville, Tennessee. That impact forced Kirby into 49 year old George Hale of Rogersville, Tennessee who was also operating a tractor trailer owned by Heniff Transportation Systems out of Alsip, Illinois.
Kirby was flown from the scene and transported to the University Of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of a possible leg fracture. Drugs and alcohol is not suspected factors in the collision and all parties are believed to be wearing their seat belts.
Around 1:30 PM, Officer Steven Douglas with the Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Enforcement responded to an injury accident located southbound on I-75 near the 1 mile marker in Whitley County.
Upon arrival and through investigation, Douglas learned that 62 year old James B Hamilton of Bucyrus, Ohio was south on I-75 when his tractor trailer collided with another tractor trailer being operated by 47 year old Steven Savurdich of East Concord, New York.
The impact forced several thousand pounds of salami sandwich meat to be scattered onto the interstate. Clean up crews worked for nearly 3 hours to clean the sandwich meat and debris from the roadway.
Hamilton was flown from the scene and taken to The University Of Tennessee Hospital were he was listed in stable condition. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the collision and seat belt usage is not known at this time.