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ACSO: Taylor Co. man airlifted after collision with semi

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 7:17pmCT, the Adair County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a reported vehicle vs semi collision 7.5 miles north on KY-55.

Upon arrival, deputies found that a 2013 Ford Fiesta being operated by 25 year old Paul Rafferty of Taylor County had struck a 1989 Freightliner being operated by 67 year old Darrell Sprowles of Taylor County.

Deputies observed Rafferty was unresponsive and pinned in his vehicle.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Rafferty was traveling at a high rate of speed heading north when he came upon Sprowles, who was operating a lower speed due to being loaded with grain. Rafferty was unable to recognize that the semi was going at a slower speed, and was unable to slow in time before striking the truck in the rear.

Rafferty had to be extricated with mechanical means by the Columbia Adair County Fire Department. He was then treated by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health of Columbia. He was subsequently flown by Air methods to University of Louisville Hospital.

The Collision was investigated by Deputy Joey Keith, who was assisted on scene by Deputy Josh Durbin and Kentucky State Troopers .

This story was posted on 2020-11-30 10:48:37
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