photos by Adam May
One person was killed and three were injured in a wreck just west of Elkton this morning.
The incident happened around 8:20 on U.S. 68-80 at the Tress Shop Road intersection, also known as Kentucky Highway 475.
State Police say 78-year old Hershel Word of Hopkinsville was driving a mini-van and was turning off Tress Shop onto 68 and pulled into the path of an eastbound pickup driven by 34-year old Thomas Bowles of Bowling Green. Bowles was unable to avoid a wreck and hit the van in the driver’s side, rolling it on to its side.
Two ambulances from Todd County and two from Christian took the patients to Jennie Stuart Medical Center, though Word would succumb to his injuries at the hospital. Bowles and his two passengers—18-year old Brittany Peay and 3-year old Tiffany Hill of Bowling Green—were also taken to Jennie Stuart. Bowles would later be transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.
Trooper Luis Palmer was on the scene to re-construct the accident and traffic was shut down or restricted to one lane both ways for about two and a half hours.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office, Todd County Rescue Squad and Fairview Volunteer Fire Department assisted on the scene.