UPDATE: Cumberland Parkway reopened after fatal crash

UPDATE…AS of 9:50 p.m., Cumberland Parkway is reopened and State Police have identified the victim in the deadly crash.

Troopers say Ricky E. Nelson, 58, of Dawson, Ga., was driving a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia, eastbound on the Cumberland Parkway when he crossed over the median into the westbound lane, through the guardrail, and overturned on the westbound shoulder.

According to investigators, Nelson was wearing his seat belt and Adair County Coroner pronounced him dead on scene.

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Allen Shirley. Tpr. Shirley was also assisted at the scene by other KSP personnel, Adair County Fire Department, Adair County Sheriffs Department, Adair County EMS, and the Columbia Police Department.

UPDATE…AS of 4:15 p.m., state officials said the road likely would be closed for another 2.5 hours. Crews advised they have gotten the CMV up the hill and are now in the process of uprighting the trailer and getting it off-loaded. Because of where the incident is, the units on-scene feel that is safer to continue to keep the detour in place and not open any lanes until they are ready to completely clear the scene. The detour is working well and is not currently experiencing any backup along that route.  They are expecting the westbound lanes to remain blocked for another 2.5 hours, Transportation officials said.

UPDATE POSTED 9:30 a.m. MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

COLUMBIA, Ky. (WTVQ)Kentucky State Police Post 15 troopers are on the scene of a single vehicle fatal collision involving a semi tractor trailer carrying tissue and toilet paper.

The westbound lane of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland is closed off at exit 46, according to the KSP.

Drivers should detour on west Hwy 80 and get back on the Cumberland Parkway in Edmonton, Ky. at exit 29 if needed. Updated information will be released when the roadway is back open.


ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler has closed the westbound lanes of the Cumberland Parkway in Adair County for up to 10 hours.

According to the state Transportation Department, the accident is at mile marker 44 westbound on the Cumberland Parkway. As of 8 a.m., the state said the road could be closed for eight to 10 hours for clean up and accident reconstruction.

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