UPDATED: Truck, tractor-trailer collide head-on


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



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Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette


A truck and tractor-trailer collided head-on on Brandenburg Road, sending both drivers to the hospital, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 30.

At approximately 1:23 p.m. on Friday, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD), and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) personnel responded to the crash at 4900 Brandenburg Rd. in Leitchfield.

GCSO Deputy Jarrod Mudd’s investigation into the accident revealed that, prior to the crash, a white 2003 GMC Sierra, driven by Joseph Kinkade, 51, of Evansville, IN, was travelling southbound on Brandenburg Road (KY 259 N) toward Leitchfield.

Witnesses told police that the Sierra appeared to be turning into a driveway and was partially across the center line, according to a GCSO news release.

Witnesses also told Mudd that, at the same time, a white 1988 Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by Bobby Benningfield, 38, of Greensburg, KY, was heading north on Brandenburg Road.

The Freightliner noticed the Sierra, locked up the breaks, and swerved in an attempt to stop due to the Sierra’s making a turn action in front of it, according to the release.

“The Sierra was either slowing or stopped when the Freightliner, loaded with several thousand pounds of wood chips, struck it head-on,” said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins in the release.

The Sierra spun clockwise and came to a final rest in the center of the roadway facing northwest, and the Freightliner travelled off the southbound side of the roadway, where it overturned and came to a rest on its driver’s side facing north.

Kinkade was not wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated from the Sierra by LFD personnel, according to Chaffins.

Both drivers suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and were transported from the scene by GCEMS to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for their injuries.

The Kentucky State Police also assisted on the scene.

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