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ACSO: Fatality collision Sunday on Knifley Road

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 9:51amCT, Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch received a dispatch from Adair County 911 of an injury collision approximately 4 miles north east of Columbia on KY 551.

Upon arrival, Chief Deputy Hitch found that two vehicles had collided, and there were multiple injuries, at least one critical.


Preliminary investigation shows that Unit 1, a 2000 Toyota sedan operated by Rebecca Barnett Strange, 46, of Adair County, was traveling west toward Columbia when she headed into a long right banking curve. It appears that her car broke traction in the rear on the rain-slicked roads, and her vehicle began to go into a skid sideways through the curve as the rear end was coming around. The vehicle slid into the oncoming lane.

Unit 2, a 2016 Chevrolet pickup operated by Mark Willis, 57, of Columbia, was traveling east on the roadway. Barnett's vehicle slid into the path of Willis's vehicle, and he was unable to avoid the collision. The Chevrolet truck struck the Toyota sedan on the driver's side of vehicle.

Adair County EMS began life-saving measures on Strange upon arrival, and continued as they transferred her to TJ Health Columbia.

Strange succumbed to her injuries in the Emergency Room, and was pronounced deceased approximately an hour after the collision.

The operator of Unit 2 and his passengers were all treated on scene by Adair County EMS and were transported to the hospital for injuries received in the collision.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office, Adair County EMS, Columbia-Adair County Fire Department, and Constable Jason Rector were responding agencies on scene.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office extends its thoughts and prayers to all parties involved in this tragic collision.


This story was posted on 2021-07-13 13:27:17
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