Traffic on Interstate 75 north near the Laurel-Rockcastle County line came to a halt as KVE and emergency personnel worked to clear a wreck involving a tractor-trailer, minivan and moving van. See story on page 2A.

Already congested by construction, Interstate 75 north became a parking lot Thursday , following a wreck involving a tractor-trailer, moving truck and minivan. Two people were injured in the crash.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Charles Garland said the three vehicles were making their way through the construction zone near exit 49 when a chain-reaction crash occurred, with the minivan sandwiched between the truck and moving van. As a result, the driver of the minivan, Irene Darkee, was taken to St. Joseph-London. The passenger in the minivan, Ann Hawrylyszyn, was airlifted to a Lexington hospital. However, Garland said medical personnel with the helicopter told him the patient’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“The minivan and the moving truck were traveling together,” Garland said. “They slowed down going through the construction zone. The tractor-trailer came up on them and couldn’t slow down in time, causing the chain reaction.”

Darkee was treated and released, while Garland said Hawrylyszyn is listed in stable condition at The University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The driver of the moving van, James Darkee, was uninjured.

Though KVE officers were diverting traffic around the wreck by using the off and on ramps at exit 49, traffic remained backed up and emergency personnel worked to the clear the scene. The back-up eventually stretched to just north of exit 41.

KVE was assisted at the scene by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and LifeNet.

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