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Hancock Accident Reports

Accident near Vastwood

A two-vehicle accident happened on US 60 two miles west of Hawesville on August 31, 2023. The parties filed a walk-in report of the incident.

Justin Brown of Hawesville was west bound on US 60 in a 2001 Mazda when the traffic backed up with little notice. To avoid rear-ending the vehicles in front of him, Brown swerved to the shoulder of the east bound lane and lost control on the loose gravel and grass. Just as he regained control of his vehicle, Brown slammed into the front end of a 2021 Dodge driven by Greg Wettstain of Lewisport.

The accident totaled Brown’s vehicle. Wettstain’s vehicle sustained $4,500 in damage.

Semi wrecks on KY-1406

On August 24 a 2016 Freightliner Cascadia semi partially overturned on KY-1406 after running off the roadway. The accident report cites inattention as a factor in the wreck.

Jamie Samreth, of Las Vegas, NV, told Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hendrick that as he drove south on KY-1406 he suffered a blow-out which caused his truck to go off the right side of the road, strike a guardrail and go down a hillside and partially overturn. Hendrick wrote in his report no sign of a tire-blow appeared until after the semi tires hit the guardrail.

The accident closed the road for six hours. The driver did not suffer injury.

The semi sustained severe damage. A wrecker from Bob’s Garage towed the vehicle.

Accident in Pellville

A Nissan pickup pulled into the side of a Lexus on Hwy. 144 in Pellville. The accident happened on August 25 at roughly 3:30 pm. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy BJ Burton filed the accident report.

Avery J. McDonald Jr, of Owensboro, told Burton he went to turn left onto KY-2181 north from KY-144 in his 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup, and failed to see a west bound 2005 Lexus ES330 driven by Stacey M. Melton, also of Owensboro, approaching, and pulled into the driver’s side of her vehicle.

Melton’s vehicle sustained moderate damage but did not require a tow. McDonald’s truck sustained minor to moderate damage but it also did not require a tow. Neither driver suffered injury.

Prius hits semi

A two-vehicle accident on US 60 three miles east of Lewisport resulted in damage to vehicles, but not to the occupants of the respective vehicles. The accident happened on August 28 at roughly 7:45 am. Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Emmick filed the accident report.

Due to road construction on US 60, all traffic in this area is routed to the east bound lane, with traffic going east and west. Vanessa Hess, of Lewisport, went to leave a residence driving a 2012 Toyota Prius, and needed to cross the west bound lane of US 60. Hess stopped at the crossroad waiting for traffic to clear. Hess noticed an eastbound 2023 Peterbilt semi, driven by Raymond C. Black of Booneville, Ind., slowing as it approached the intersection with the crossroad. Thinking the semi was stopping to let traffic clear the crossroad, Hess pulled out and struck the rear tandem axle of the semi.

The Prius sustained severe damage. A wrecker from Bob’s Garage towed the car. The semi sustained minor to moderate damage but did not require a tow.


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