Fatal collision involving state trooper in Henry Co.
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police are investigating a commercial vehicle collision that resulted in the death of one person and the injury of two others, including a Kentucky State Trooper.
Investigators say at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Kentucky State Trooper Mickey Gonterman responded to a call of dogs in the roadway at the 30 mile marker on I-71 South. Trooper Gonterman and the caller were walking along the right hand shoulder of a bridge when a vehicle that had moved into the left lane started to slow down. A box truck and a tractor trailer that were also in the left lane moved into the right lane to avoid contact with the passenger car. The tractor trailer then hit the box truck in the rear causing the box truck to “jack knife” across both lanes of traffic and overturn on the bridge.
KSP says the caller and Trooper Gonterman were hit by the trailer of the box truck, pinning the caller, and causing Trooper Gonterman to fall 30 feet from the bridge.
The caller was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Henry County Coroner. Trooper Gonterman was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the box truck was transported to Baptist Health Hospital in LaGrange for non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators with Kentucky State Police Post 5 will continue the ongoing investigation.