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Snow a factor in at least 6 crashes

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Police reports indicate a snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in Oldham County on Friday and Saturday was a factor in at least six vehicle crashes. Oldham County Police report four crashes Friday and two Saturday, including one that caused police to shut down a section of Interstate 71 through Oldham County. The first snow-related crash took place about 9:15 a.m. Friday in 8500 block of Brookside Drive East in Pewee Valley when two vehicles collided rear-to-rear. According to police, driver Chad Ingram, 39, of Pewee Valley, backed out of his driveway and collided with a silver 2006 Ford Fusion parked on the roadway. The Fusion, owned by Katherine M. Raque, 19, of Louisville, sustained moderate damage to left back bumper. No injuries were reported. About 9:23 a.m. Friday, a vehicle driven by Angela J. Barnes, 32, of Crestwood, began to slide on the snow-covered roadway as Barnes moved her vehicle from the right to left lane of I-71 about two miles south of Brownsboro near the rest area. Barnes told police her 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe struck the guardrail and came to rest in the median. According to police, no one in the vehicle – including a 3-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy – was injured.About 10:30 a.m. Friday on Ky. 146 about a mile west of La Grange, the driver of a 1992 Ford Ranger lost control of his vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and overturned. The driver, Joel Dominguez, 32, of Louisville, was taken to Baptist Hospital Northeast for treatment. According to police, his vehicle sustained severe damage to the left side. A woman and her 17-year-old passenger were trapped in their vehicle about 45 minutes after a crash on Ky. 53 Friday night before police were notified. About 7:30 p.m., Miranda D. Demarco, 18, of Shelbyville, lost control of her 2003 Ford Focus in a curve. According to police, the vehicle spun in a circle and struck a dirt embankment. One person was injured and taken to Baptist East. Ky. 53 reopened about 9:10 p.m. Two semi-trucks collided on I-71 shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday near milemarker 13. John P. Young, 44, of Jackson, Tenn., driving a truck carrying car racks told police he was traveling south on I-71 when he tried to avoid a collision and struck a tanker truck from behind, pushing it into a guardrail. The truck, driver by Carl G. Inselmann, 53, of Delavan, Ill., sustained severe damage to the rear of the tanker filled with phospheric acid. No one in either vehicle, including Inselmann’s passenger, Dora E. Inselmann, 50, of Delavan, Ill., reported injuries. Police shut down I-71 until 5:45 p.m. as crews worked to clean-up the roadway. A salt truck overturned about 3 p.m. Saturday on Ky. 393 in Buckner. The truck exited the roadway while traveling north on Ky. 393 and came to rest on its side. The driver, Howard C. Maines, 76, of Ghent, told police the vehicle’s rear wheels dropped off the edge of the roadway and he was unable to re-correct. No injured were reported.

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