Two traffic accidents in Fayette County on Monday resulted in serious injuries to a total of three individuals, as well as major damage to several vehicles.
Shortly after noon, a four-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. 35 near the eight-mile marker (Harmony Road) that sent a Kentucky couple to Kettering Medical Center for treatment. According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Rodney Pearson of Huber Heights was driving his 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on U.S. Route 35 West between the eight- and nine-mile post.
Pearson’s vehicle was traveling partially in the emergency lane as he was reportedly searching for a lost item within the median. At that time, a 1993 Mercedes, driven by Zechariah Q. Plessinger of Washington C.H., approached Pearson’s vehicle in the left hand lane.
Plessinger reportedly swerved to the right to avoid a collision with Pearson’s vehicle, entered the right hand lane and struck an eastbound 2005 Dodge Ram, driven by Larry Caudill of Flatwoods, Ky., that was pulling a travel trailer. Caudill’s combination vehicle then “jack-knifed,” went across both lanes of travel, across the median and into the westbound lanes of travel. It then struck a Rumpke truck, driven by James R. Houk Jr. of Hamilton, Ohio.
Caudill and his wife, Teresa Caudill, were flown by medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries, said Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. No other injuries were reported.
Pearson was cited for stopping in the roadway, and Plessinger was cited for failure to stay within marked lanes. U.S. 35 westbound on the bypass at approximately the eight-mile marker was shut down for approximately five hours while crews cleaned up the scene.
Earlier in the day at 9:30 a.m., a three-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 71 near mile post 69, sending a Fairfield resident to the hospital. According to the FCSO, Bryan Harper of Roseville, Ohio was driving his vehicle southbound on I-71 when his trailer broke free from the vehicle. The trailer traveled across the southbound lanes of travel, across the median and entered the northbound lanes.
The trailer continued on, struck a northbound vehicle, driven by Lori Stettler of Fairfield, and a second vehicle, driven by David Kline Jr. of Martinsville, W.Va.
Stettler reportedly sustained a serious injury from the crash and was flown by medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center. Harper was cited for having an unsecure load.