KSP says distracted driving caused I-64 crash

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – State police said one person is dead and another in jail following a multi-vehicle crash on I-64.

State police say the crash happened Saturday, September 29 just before 6 p.m. near mile marker 58.

Troopers say 45-year-old Jerry Elder Jr. was driving a semi truck when he hit a Jeep Liberty being driven by 61-year-old Jeffrey Curtis, and Curtis’ car then hit a Ford Liberty being driven by 61-year-old Trina Summers. Troopers say this was a result of distracted driving.

KSP says Curtis was pronounced dead on scene. Elder and Summers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to court documents, Elder had his phone mounted on the dash and he was watching a video while driving.

Elder is currently charged with manslaughter..with more charges on the way, according to state police.

Both west bound lanes on I-64 near mile marker 58 were closed and traffic was backed up for several hours. Roads reopened just before 1 a.m. Monday morning.

According to the Transportation Cabinet, there were about 50,000 crashes last year across the state due to distracted driving. Nearly 200 people died and 15,000 were injured.

The Transportation Cabinet’s public information officer says she often sees crashes in construction zones because drivers are distracted.

In 2018, construction zones were the site of over 1,000 crashes and most of the time it’s rear end collisions.

Trooper Stuart Jackson says drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

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