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Two Injury Collisions occur on I-24 at the 92 mm

Date of News Release: 1/30/2017

Oak Grove, KY. (January 30, 2017) – The Kentucky State Police is investigating a single vehicle, injury-collision that occurred on I-24 at the 92 mile marker eastbound outside of Oak Grove, KY in Christian County. The Kentucky State Police is investigating a multiple vehicle, injury collision at the same location that occurred immediately after the first collision.

The preliminary investigation revealed Steven Dunlap, 32, of Hopkinsville, KY was operating a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on I-24 in the left lane. Mr. Dunlap lost control of his vehicle and the vehicle struck the cable barrier off the left shoulder of eastbound lane of travel. Mr. Dunlap’s pickup then came to final rest against the cable barrier. Mr. Dunlap was wearing his seat belt.

Mr. Dunlap was later transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for possible injuries.

Preliminary investigation into the second collision revealed Mark Davis parked his 2015 Ford pickup on the right shoulder of eastbound lane of travel while he attempted to render assistance to Mr. Dunlap. Mary Butler, 52, of Denver, Colorado, was operating a 2016 Toyota passenger car eastbound on I-24. Kamil Butler, 4, of Denver, Colorado, was a passenger. At the same time, Vadims Gerasimovs, 29, of St. Louis, Missouri, was operating a 2016 Freightliner eastbound on I-24.

Mrs. Butler lost control of her vehicle and struck Mr. Davis’ unoccupied Ford pickup. Mrs. Butler’s vehicle then re-entered the roadway and was struck by Mr. Gerasimovs Freightliner. Mrs. Butler then came to final rest in the right lane of travel. Mr. Gerasimov then left the roadway off of the right shoulder and came to final rest in a ditch off the right shoulder.

Kamil Butler was transported to Tennova Healthcare in Clarksville, Tennessee, for possible injuries sustained in the collision. Mrs. Butler, Kamil Butler, and Mr. Gerasimov were wearing their seat belts.

Oak Grove Police Department, Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Christian County EMS assisted with the investigation.

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