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UPDATED: Three now confirmed dead in crash on I-75 near Corbin Friday


Rescue workers attempt to free occupants of this Ford Explorer, involved in a two-vehicle crash on I-75 at the 18.5 mile marker Friday. Three people died in the accident.

A two-vehicle crash on I-75 just south of Corbin Friday afternoon has claimed the lives of three people and a fourth had to be airlifted from the scene. All four were riding inside the same vehicle.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley said that two of the victims were adults and another was possibly under the age of 18.

Two victims died at the scene and another was pronounced dead at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin.

He said one of the victims was deceased when first responders arrived and a second quit breathing shortly after ambulance workers arrived.

A fourth victim in that vehicle, who was apparently under the age of 16 years old, was flown out from the scene by an Air Evac Lifeteam emergency medical helicopter.

Goldbug Volunteer Fire Chief Dorman Patrick Jr. said that the accident was among the worst that he has worked.

"There is extensive damage to the vehicles. Any time there is a fatality, that is definitely a priority type of call," he said.
The accident happened at about 2:40 p.m. near I-75 mile marker 18.5 in the northbound lanes.

A Toyota Tundra collided with a red Ford Explorer. The Tundra came to rest partially in the fast lane of traffic and on the left shoulder.

The Explorer flipped at least once and came to rest in the median leaving a debris field of at least 100 feet in length. The force of the accident caused severe damage to the vehicle and knocked off the driver's side front tire.

So far officials don't know what caused the accident. Kentucky State Police and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers also responded to the scene in an attempt to reconstruct the accident.

The occupants of the Tundra were transported by Whitley County EMS to Baptist Regional Medical Center.

Names of the victims have not yet been released.

The wreck had the northbound lane of travel at least partially shut down for over two hours. Firefighters with the Goldbug Fire Department, Williamsburg Fire Department and Oak Grove Fire Department worked to free victims from the wreckage.
Rockholds Volunteer Fire Department helped divert traffic off I-75 at Exit 15.

Patrick said that rescue efforts were complicated by traffic and extremely hot weather conditions.

"Traffic was one of the biggest problems as far as initial response to the scene," Patrick said. "Both southbound and northbound lanes were at a standstill within one to two miles of the scene.

"The heat was definitely a factor. It was 90 plus degrees. Everybody was trying to stay hydrated with bottled water. It wasn't cold but it was better than nothing. We tried to keep all the firefighters hydrated so they could keep their work efforts up and keep the task accomplished."

Patrick estimated that 25 rescue workers were involved in the extrication in addition to other emergency personnel, who helped with traffic control.

"Everybody has done a good job and have worked together. I feel sorry for the families involved but everybody has done a good job working together," Patrick added.

Patrick said that every occupant in the Explorer had to be extricated.

After the last victim was extricated from the vehicle, a fire department chaplain led first responders in a prayer for the victims.

All the victims died from multiple injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. No autopsy is planned, but routine toxicology tests will be done on the drivers, Croley said.

No drug or alcohol involvement is suspected at this time, he added.

KSP Trooper Staci Walker assisted at the scene along with Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Shepherd and Deputy Cody Harrell.

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Comments

mary gragg (July 06, 2012) Reply

may GOD be with their family and friends.


Teresa (July 07, 2012) Reply

thank you for the prayers


Kevin Pata (July 07, 2012) Reply

Saw some of the accident as it happened. Saw the black truck sliding. Never saw the red suv except a huge cloud of dust coming from the center grassy area. Two cars stopped a few cars ahead of me and a blonde woman came running out of one to the cloud of dust. A trucker also pulled over and he had to have seen what happened since it looked as if it happened right in front of him.


Teresa (July 07, 2012) Reply

Thankful that you and yours was safe....


leanna (August 30, 2012) Reply

im praying for there family ): this is very sad and does anyone know how old they were !


Becca McKinney (September 09, 2012) Reply

Brian was my brother, Ambe was my sister-in-law, and Savanna was my niece. Thank you for your prayers. That is all that has been keeping me going. God is in control. He will see me through this.


Prayers (July 07, 2012) Reply

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved and also to the emergency workers that worked the scene!!


Teresa (July 07, 2012) Reply

thank you for the prayers


Teresa (July 07, 2012) Reply

This was our family...The dad and daughter of the accident, has a younger daughter and son that was not with them that day. So we have children less then 13 who have lost their Dad and sister. Please people drive safe. Thank you all for your prayers these children are going to need them.


Teresa (July 07, 2012) Reply

Thank you to all the rescue workers that was there you did a great job. Blessing to you. Thank you to the officer that call the family. Blessing to you also.


Joel (July 07, 2012) Reply

I just want to say my heart goes out to the families involved. Especially to those who lost loved ones in this horrible accident. I take this route every year this time and this one will stick with me. Not that this was the case with this particular accident but I see way too many careless drivers on the road with a vehicle full of their loved ones riding right with them not knowing something of this magnitude can happen in a split second. Please if not for your own do it for others and drive with a little compassion for one another.


Barbara (July 07, 2012) Reply

My heart goes out to to this Family, I don't know them but my prayers are with them May God help them and give them peace that passeth all understanding!


Danielle (July 07, 2012) Reply

This was my family also. The wife in the accident is my cousin and has children that were not there also. Please pray for ALL the family and the children that are left without mothers and fathers. Also want to say thank you to all the rescue workers and people that stopped to help. This family will be greatly missed. Thank u again


Tammy Fields (July 07, 2012) Reply

I arrived just seconds after the accident. John and I ran down to offer assistance. I am a registered nurse and was at the scene just a few minutes before the first EMS responders arrived. They arrived very quickly. I am still crying for your family. Everyone worked very well together to help the family. Our families hearts go out to your family. You will remain in our prayers. Being at the scene, I feel close to you all. Our prayers are also with the girl in the back seat. May God hold her close as she recovers. I love you all.


Becca McKinney (September 09, 2012) Reply

Brian was my brother, Ambe was my sister-in-law, and Savanna was my niece. Tammy--Thank you for your prayers. That is all that has been keeping me going. God is in control. He will see me through this. It is the hardest thing I have ever had to endure.


Flo (July 08, 2012) Reply

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, And to all who helped at the scene.. I Spoke with (my cousin) just a few hours ago. This was her Daughter (My cousin), her husband and His Daughter age 15.. They were returning home from vacation in the Smokey Mts. They lost their Live's in this tragic accident. A young friend was along who remains in critical condition. Please hold her up to God and continue to pray for all the Family's involved.. Thanks from Family


Kristen (July 09, 2012) Reply

My thoughts a prayers go out to all the families involved and to all the emergency workers who worked the scene. I was on my way home from Florida and seen the scene of the wreck and me and my family have been thinking about all that was involved. My heart truly goes out to everyone. May God be with you all.


Cathy (July 09, 2012) Reply

I am so sorry for the loss for this family. I saw the ending of the wreck and all the debris flying. My heart and prayers go out to the family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.


Elizabeth Solley Caine (July 11, 2012) Reply

I believe that my cousins were involved in this accident. So very, very sorry.


Elizabeth Solley Caine (July 11, 2012) Reply

I believe that my cousins were involved in this accident. So very, very sorry.


Cheryl (August 14, 2012) Reply

I'm back here in MI, but keep up with news there. My heart and Prayers go out to all the families! GOD BLESS you all!, also to all that helped. I used to work at exit 41. There are just so many horrifying accidents. My best friend just almost lost her grandson in one of those many horrifying accidents> Again, God be with you All!


Cheryl (August 14, 2012) Reply

I'm back here in MI, but keep up with news there. My heart and Prayers go out to all the families! GOD BLESS you all!, also to all that helped. I used to work at exit 41. There are just so many horrifying accidents. My best friend just almost lost her grandson in one of those many horrifying accidents> Again, God be with you All!


shirley rice (August 15, 2012) Reply

IM IN FLORIDA BUT IM FROM WILLIAMSBURG AND MY HEART IS ALWAYS THERE.I HOPE THAT THE FAMILYS OF THE PEO PLE INVOLVED IN THIS CRASH HAVE THE HELP THEY NEED MY HEART GOSE OUT TO THEM


Amy F. Catlett Eckley (September 09, 2012) Reply

The 3 that were killed were my baby brother, Brian Catlett (38) his wife, Ambe (31), and my 15 yr old niece, Savanna. We lost our parents a few years back, so now it is just my sister Becca and I and our wonderful husbands and children. We appreciate prayers for Brian's older daughter, Ashley (18) and for Kirstenn (15), Savanna's friend who survived the accident. I flew into Lou., KY from TX with my family, and we gave a funeral for these 3 precious family members on July 12th. We would appreciate any information of exactly what happened, but most importantly, we are assured that these 3 are now with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, reunited with my parents, James and Nancye Catlett. Thank you to all who worked to help there at the scene on July 6th. I pray the images you saw will fade with time. Thank you to everyone who has prayed and will continue to pray for our family as we heal from this tremendous loss. My prayer is that their deaths will not be in vain, but will inspire change in the hearts of everyone who has been touched by this horrible accident, and that we will all realize the brevity and fragility of our lives and choose to live for God and not for man. I thank God everyday for another day to LOVE the ones I LOVE. THIS is NOT my HOME. I will miss my brother and Ambe and Savanna for the rest of my days, but I WILL see them again one day.

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