A crash on the Western Kentucky Parkway claimed the life of an Ohio man on Thursday, Jan. 30.
At approximately 7:24 a.m. on Thursday, the Leitchfield Fire Department, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services responded to a single-vehicle injury accident involving a tractor-trailer, driven by Dillard Sanders, 49, of Cleveland, OH, near the 100 mile marker of the WK Parkway.
Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons, who responded to the accident, said witnesses reported that the tractor-trailer had travelled westbound; swerved to the right a couple of times; cut directly across the roadway; crashed head-first into a rock wall beside the Parkway; and came to a rest in a ditch beside the eastbound lane with its left side laid over on the embankment.
Sanders’ leg was severed as a result of the accident, and he had to be extricated from the vehicle by Leitchfield firefighters, according to First Assistant Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall.
Sanders received first-aid on the scene from GC EMS and was later flown by emergency helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital, where, shortly after his arrival, he passed away, Clemons said.
Duvall, who received a laceration to his forehead while responding to the accident, said that based on evidence obtained in the wreck, Sanders’ blood sugar may have dropped, or he may have fallen asleep at the time of the accident.
Clemons said police will not know for sure if the accident was caused by medical issues until the results of the toxicology report come back.
No other individuals or vehicles were involved in the accident.
The tractor-trailer, owned by LF AG Carriers, out of Bellevue, OH, was removed from the scene by Stevensons Towing.