Fatal Henry Co. accident kills State Resort Park employee

CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – A two-vehicle collision in Henry Co. killed a well-known State Resort Parks employee on Sunday.

State Police say they received a call just before 6:00 a.m. about a crash on I-71 northbound at mile marker 25.  Officers say 74-year-old Andrew Persanya of LaGrange was hit by another vehicle while they were both traveling north.  Police say Persanyi was thrown from the vehicle when it overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Henry Co. Coroner.

The driver of the second vehicle was taken to Baptist Health Hospital in LaGrange.

Persanyi was the long-time dining room supervisor at General Butler State Resort Park.  According to officials at the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, Persanyi was on his way to work, to allow a colleague the day off to attend a Special Olympics sporting event.

“He was a very unique, interesting and knowledgeable man,” said Dave Jordan, General Butler State Resort Park Manager.  “Anytime you asked Andy how his day was going, he would say, ‘Just peachy.’  We lost one of the good guys Sunday.”

“Andy was one-of-a-kind,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts, & Heritage Cabinet which oversees General Butler State Resort Park.  “When Andy answered the phone at the park, he sounded like the Robin Williams character in Good Morning, Vietnam.  Andy would say, ‘Good Morning, Two Rivers Restaurant.’  Andy lifted the spirits of everyone around him.”

Persanyi began his career at General Butler as the park’s chef 13 years ago.  Two years later, Persanyi was promoted to Dining Room Supervisor, a position he held until his death Sunday.



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