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Officer injured in violent crash speaks out

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

He says the shock of it all still hasn't worn off. Now, the police officer who lost control of his cruiser and ended up in a violent crash is speaking out.

The cruiser hit a fence, a telephone pole, and a tree. But amazingly, Versailles Police Officer Kenny Rodgers walked away with hardly any injuries.

"It could have been a whole lot worse then what it was, so I'm very thankful," said Rodgers.

Officer Rodgers was responding to a domestic violence call Tuesday morning when he lost control of his cruiser around a sharp curve on Kentucky Highway 33.

"When I rounded the curve, there was a large truck with an enclosed trailer that was coming towards me, over the line," Rodgers said.

He says to avoid clipping the trailer, he shifted to the right, causing the rear of his cruiser to leave the roadway.

"And the next thing you know, I'm headed straight for the fence, telephone pole, and tree," he said.

Those are the three things responsible for a majority of fatalities in Woodford County, according to police.

"I tell everyone it's absolutely positively not in my control that I came out OK," said Rodgers.

Rodgers says it was the type of call that had him responding so quickly.

"There's a sense of urgency anytime your trying to get to a domestic violence call. Especially in this case, where the disturbance was in progress," Rodgers said.

A loving husband and father of three, Rodgers says he takes those calls seriously. Not only is he thankful he made it out with just a few cuts and bruises, he's also grateful, no one else was hurt.

"It ended better than it could have and I'm just happy to be home with my family," Rodgers ended.

A spokesman for the Versailles Police Department said several officer's did respond to the original 'domestic disturbance' call. It was resolved peacefully without any arrests or injuries.

Officer Rodgers is also an Army Reservist. He says after a few days of recovering, he plans to head back to work.

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