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Three Vehicle Injury Collision Near Intersection of KY 181 & KY 81

Date of News Release: 06/08/2016

BREMEN, Ky. (June 7, 2016) - The Kentucky State Police is investigating a three-vehicle, injury-collision that occurred near the intersection of KY 181 and KY 81, in Bremen, on Tuesday, June 7, at 2:59 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Donna Larkin, 16, Madisonville, was operating a 2003 Honda Odyssey northbound on KY 181. Robbie Shanks, 53, Bremen, was operating a 1991 International log truck southbound on KY 81. Adriana Staples, 26, Madisonville, was operating a 2012 Volkswagen Passat northbound on KY 81.

It appears that Ms. Larkin failed to stop at the stop sign and proceeded through the intersection. Mr. Shanks swerved to avoid colliding with Ms. Larkin. The two vehicles collided just past the intersection. Ms. Larkin's vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and came to rest. Mr. Shanks' vehicle overturned onto its passenger side and came to rest off the right side of the roadway. Ms. Staples' vehicle struck logs that had fallen off the truck.

Ms. Larkin and one of her passengers, Elizabeth Johnston, 15, Madisonville, were flown from the scene and transported to St. Mary's for treatment. The other passenger, Destiny Moore, 16, Madisonville, was transported via ambulance to Baptist Health Madisonville where she was treated and released. Mr. Shanks was not injured. Ms. Staples was transported via ambulance to Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital for treatment. All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Trooper First Class Jerry Knight is investigating the collision. KSP Post 2 units, KSP CVE, the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department, the McLean County Sheriff's Department, the Bremen Volunteer Fire Department, the Central City Fire Department, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital EMS, McLean County EMS, PHI and Air Evac assisted at the scene.

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