Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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West Virginia Man Killed In Crash On Interstate 65 In Hardin County
Date of News Release: 06/02/2013
(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) -- On Saturday, June 1, 2013 at approximately 4:42 p.m. ET Post 4 received a call from motorists stating that there had been an injury crash around the 101 mile marker on Interstate 65 in Hardin County. Trooper arrived at 4:45 p.m. ET and citizens were administering CPR to a victim on the northbound side. Trooper's investigation revealed that a 2007 Kenworth being operated by a 56-year-old man from Kenova Wayne, West Virginia was northbound on I-65 and was traveling behind a 2000 Freightliner operated by 38-year-old Avdija Huskic of St. Louis, Missouri.
The Freightliner appeared to have been traveling at a lower speed. The Kenworth swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision with the Freightliner, but was unsuccessful. It struck the Freightliner in the right rear portion of the trailer with its driver's side front. The driver of the Kenworth was ejected onto the pavement of I-65. It came to final rest partially in the emergency lane and right lane of I-65. The Freightliner was able to come to a controlled stop approximately 238 feet north of the final rest of the Kenworth. The operator of the Kenworth was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 4:50 p.m. ET by Hardin County Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger. Huskic was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Trooper Cummings and was treated and released. KSP were assisted at the scene by other Post 4 Troopers, Hardin County EMS, Elizabethtown Fire and Rescue, the State Highway Department, and the Hardin County Coroner's Office. The interstate was shut down for several hours; then, reduced to one lane as crews off loaded both trailers before transport. The investigation is ongoing.