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Injury Collision on Hwy 55 North Saturday

Related story: Prayer service for William Rowe tonight at Trinity Life Center

By Ofc. Josh Brockman, PIO
Columbia Police Department

Columbia Police Department investigated an injury collision yesterday on KY 55. The collision resulted in three people being transported to TJ Health of Columbia and a child being airlifted to University of Kentucky.

On October 1, 2016 at 8:43pmCT Columbia Police Department officers Jordan Dean and Josh Brockman were dispatched to KY 55 North approximately 1 mile north of Columbia in response to a reported 2 vehicle collision.

Preliminary investigation shows that 48 year old Freddy Rowe of Columbia with passenger 10 year old William Rowe was operating a 2006 Nissan SUV, had stopped on KY 55 in what is now a newly installed passing lane to make a left hand turn into Keltner Road.


John Courtwright 18 of Taylor county was traveling north on KY 55 in a 2001 Tacoma truck and entered the passing lane along with another unknown vehicle to pass slower traffic. The unknown vehicle on front of Courtwright observed the vehicle operated by Rowe stopped in traffic to make a left turn and switched quickly back to right lane. Courtwright states when the car moved over in front of him by the time he saw the stopped vehicle he was unable to stop and struck the vehicle.

John Courtwright, Freddy Rowe and his son William Rowe were all treated on the scene by Adair County EMS, then transported to TJ Health of Columbia. William Rowe age 10 was airlifted by PHI airmedical to University of KY and as of this press release at 1pm 10-2-16 is undergoing surgery for extensive head injuries.

The collision is under investigation by CPD Ofc. Jordan Dean.

Note Due to the newly installed passing lanes on KY 55 and no turning lanes installed this forces drivers to sit on the passing lane to make their turns.

Responding and assisting agencies were the Columbia Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Adair County Sheriff Department, Adair County EMS, Emergency Management director Mike Keltner, Constable Jason Rector and members of the Columbia Adair Fire Department.


This story was posted on 2016-10-02 15:26:09
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