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Three transported after five-vehicle crash on U.S. 60

Two people were injured and another transported for a medical emergency in a five-vehicle crash Thursday, April 28, about three miles east of Hawesville on U.S. Highway 60.

According to Deputy Aaron Emmick, around 10:39 a.m., Wilma Stewart, 75, of Hardinsburg, was traveling eastbound in a 2004 Chevrolet Classic passenger car. As Stewart entered into travel down the long hill in the area, an unknown medical emergency caused her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered into a collision with the right shoulder guardrail and then returned left, entering the two westbound lanes.

Stewart’s vehicle collided head-on with a westbound 2014 Nissan Versa operated by Natalie Fisk, 35, of Elizabethtown.

Stewart continued westbound through the impact, sideswiping a 2014 Buick Enclave operated by Beverly H. Hinton, 67, of Hardinsburg.

Kenneth N. Smith, 57, of Harned, was operating a 2002 Peterbilt 379 semi-tractor westbound and observed the collisions ahead of him. Smith locked up the brakes of his semi rig to avoid a collision.

Bruce L. Tongate, 73, of Lewisport was also traveling westbound in a 2010 Toyota Camry, ahead of the Smith truck. Tongate came to a stop in the roadway in an attempt to avoid the wreckage in front of him and was struck in the rear by the Smith semi. Rita Tongate, 66, of Lewisport, was a passenger in the Tongate vehicle.

The Stewart vehicle continued westbound following the second impact, striking the rear of Smith’s semi-trailer and coming to final rest.

All vehicles but the semi-trailer rig were towed from the scene with moderate to very severe damage. Bob’s Garage and Butler’s Wrecker assisted in scene recovery.

Stewart was transported by Breckinridge County EMS to Breckinridge Memorial Health for treatment of broken ribs. It has not been determined what caused the medical emergency which led to the multi-vehicle incident.

Sheriff Dale Bozarth said Stewart was returning from a trip to Tell City, where she had obtained prescription medication for her husband. Bozarth said as Stewart was bring prepared for transport, she asked him to search the vehicle for the medication so it could be gotten to her husband. Bozarth was able to retrieve the medication, and it was delivered.

Fisk was transported by Hancock County EMS to Owensboro Health for treatment of a broken arm and facial lacerations.

Kenneth Smith was transported from scene after apparent stress of the situation led to a serious diabetic episode.

As well, a dog riding as a passenger in the Fisk vehicle was transported to a veterinarian by an off-duty Hancock County EMS paramedic for treatment of a broken pelvis.

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