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Two juveniles, age 4 and 3, dead after Hardin Co. collision

KSP investigation determines that collision initiated when left rear tire fails on 2004 Nissan minivan, resulting in driver losing control, crossing the median and colliding with oncoming eastbound Bluegrass Parkway traffic. Two children pronounced dead at the scene; multiple injuries result. KSP was assisted at the scene by Hardin Co. EMS, Hardin County Coronerís Office, and the Central Hardin Fire Department.
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By Tpr. Jeff Gregory, Public Information Officer
Kentucky State Police Post 4, Elizabethtown, KY

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY - (Sun 25 Mar 2018) Ė Kentucky State Police Post 4 Troopers responded to a two vehicle collision in Hardin Co. this afternoon.

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at approximately 3:05pmET, KSP received a call of a two vehicle accident at the 5 mile marker on the Bluegrass Parkway in Hardin Co.

George Michael Smith (36) of Lebanon was traveling West with four juvenile passengers (4,2,1 year old females, 3 year old male) and a female passenger, Crystal Lynn Shipp (27) of Gravel Switch, in a 2004 Nissan minivan.

Troopers determined through investigation that the rear driver side tire blew causing the operator to lose control of the vehicle.

The vehicle entered the median and overturned and then slid into the Eastbound passing lane of the Bluegrass.

Michael C. Reed (51), Linda Reed (56), and their teenage daughter, all of Elizabethtown, were traveling in a 2012 Buick Enclave Eastbound in the passing lane of the Parkway.

Their vehicle struck the rear of the Nissan minivan that was overturned in front of them.

George Smith was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by ambulance and is listed in stable condition.

Crystal Lynn Shipp was flown to University of Louisville Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

The four year old female and the 3 year old male were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin Co. Coroners Office.

The 2 year old female was taken to HMH and is listed in stable condition.

The 1 year old female was airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Michael Reed, Linda Reed, and their teenage passenger were uninjured.

KSP was assisted at the scene by Hardin Co. EMS, Hardin County Coronerís Office, and the Central Hardin Fire Dept.

The accident is still under investigation by KSP Trooper/Reconstructionist Bryan Washer.

This story was posted on 2018-03-26 00:57:13
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