LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Travelers along Interstate 75 on Monday morning got a first-hand look at how emergencies are handled as traffic was stopped for a two-vehicle accident near the 43 mile marker.
The southbound lanes became a landing pad for a PHI helicopter that transported 33-year-old Peter Wayne Newby of Cox Lane in London following a crash that sent his black Saturn into the fenced median, destroying the entire left side of the vehicle.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m. when Newby’s vehicle rear-ended a silver Chevrolet Impala that was traveling in the southbound lane. Newby’s Saturn went out of control, crashing into the fenced median, which shredded the vehicle’s left side before it stopped against the metal poles and heavy wire of the median guards.
Emergency workers from the London-Laurel Rescue Squad, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department and London City Fire Department responded to the scene where Newby was trapped in the vehicle. Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies monitored the scene, assisted by London City Police Officer Jordan Hopkins.
The silver Impala sat several hundred yards ahead on the right shoulder of the road with only minor dents in the rear. The driver - John Smith of Miamisburg, Ohio - was not injured.
The northbound traffic also stopped as the medical helicopter landed and launched into the air, causing another backup of traffic in the northbound lanes.
The accident is being investigated by Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Rice, who was assisted at the scene by Deputies John Inman, Brandon Broughton, and Gilbert Acciardo.