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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fiery Quadruple-Fatality Crash Tops Highway Death Toll Last Week (July 21st - 27th)

Date of News Release: 07/28/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 21 through Sunday, July 27, 2008. Eleven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of those victims were not wearing seat belts (the seat belt status of 6 of the victims has not been determined). Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Breckinridge, Calloway, Hopkins, Jefferson (2), Logan and Marshall counties. One crash involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A quadruple-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Henry county on I-71 when a southbound passenger vehicle on Interstate 71 in Henry County crossed the median and hit a tractor trailer traveling in the northbound lane near mile marker 35. Four people were killed in the passenger vehicle.

There were three motorcycle fatalities and they occurred in Hopkins, Leslie and Marshall counties. None of the victims were wearing a helmet.

A double pedestrian fatality occurred in Jefferson county when two children were struck by a driver who was fleeing police.

Through July 27, preliminary statistics* indicate that 422 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 69 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 327 motor vehicle fatalities, 200 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 47 motorcycle fatalities, 27 were not wearing helmets. Eleven people have been killed in ATV crashes and 10 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty-five pedestrians have been killed. A total of 80 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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