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11-year-old dies in I-64 accident
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A traffic accident on Interstate 64 Sunday claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl from Hillsboro, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The girl was reportedly a passenger in a pickup that hydroplaned and traveled into the opposite lane of I-64, where it collided with a tractor-trailer, Sheriff David Charles said.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Coroner Jimmy Adams, Charles said. The name of the girl was not released.

The sheriff’s office was called to the scene at 6:40 p.m. Sunday near the 105 mile-marker, Charles said.

Upon arrival at the scene, Det. Jarrod Nester, an accident reconstructionist with the sheriff’s office, attempted to reconstruct what led up to the fatal accident, the sheriff said.

Based on his findings, the sheriff’s office has concluded that a 2019 white Dodge quad-cab pickup driven by Scott Johnson, 45, of Hillsboro, reportedly hydroplaned during heavy rain while eastbound and crossed into the westbound lane where it reportedly struck a 2003 Peterbilt tractor and trailer, Charles said.

Two of the six passengers in the pickup were reportedly ejected from the vehicle, including the child who died, according to the sheriff.

The driver and four occupants were reportedly transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where two of them were still being treated Monday afternoon. Conditions were not immediately known.

The two still hospitalized were Charlanda Bryant, 33, of Hillsboro, and her 15-year-old daughter, Charles said. The name of the 15-year-old and other passengers were not released.

The family in the pickup were reportedly returning home from a family outing at the time of the accident, Charles said.

The driver of the Peterbilt, identified as Brad Ferrell, 51, of Owingsville, was not seriously injured, he said.

Traffic in the westbound lane of the interstate was sporadically opened to one lane during the cleanup of a diesel fuel spill and the steel the trailer was hauling, the sheriff said. The roadway was completely reopened when the scene was finally cleared about 4 a.m. Monday, Charles said.

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