Northern Kentucky Double Crash: 2 Dead, Several Hospitalized



Two fatal crashes occurred on I-71/75 northbound in northern Kentucky, leading to the death of two individuals and multiple hospitalizations. The first crash involved a Toyota Tacoma losing control due to icy conditions and colliding with multiple vehicles. The second crash occurred when a Cadillac XT6 was rear-ended by a Ford Ranger, leading to a series of collisions. Two passengers of the Cadillac were ejected, with one pronounced dead at the scene and the other hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Icy conditions were believed to be a contributing factor to the first crash, but neither speed nor intoxication were considered to be factors in either incident.

Two Fatal Crashes Occurred on I-71/75 Northbound, Northern Kentucky

On Monday night, two separate crashes on I-71/75 northbound in northern Kentucky resulted in two fatalities and several hospitalizations, including one individual with life-threatening injuries, as stated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

These crashes transpired a few miles apart on the same highway stretch, near the Richwood exit (milemarker 175) and slightly north of the Walton exit (milemarker 171).

The first crash happened around 6:33 p.m. at milemarker 175. A Toyota Tacoma on the I-75 overpass on KY-338 lost control due to icy road conditions. It initially swerved into the left emergency lane before being hit by a Ford Focus. The Tacoma subsequently collided with a Chevrolet Impala and a Paper Transport LLC Freightliner, moving across all lanes of traffic.

Following this collision, all vehicles except the Focus were on the right side of I-75. The Focus remained in the left emergency lane, facing the wrong direction. The driver of the Focus, Phillip Latham, 70, left his vehicle and attempted to cross I-75 towards the other vehicles. Tragically, Latham was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado in the right-hand lane and pronounced dead at the scene.

The second crash happened at milemarker 171 around 8:41 p.m. A Cadillac XT6, slowing due to traffic, was rear-ended by a Ford Ranger. This collision caused the Cadillac to sideswipe a Hyundai Elantra, while the Ranger sideswiped a Toyota Highlander.

Two passengers of the Cadillac, including Linda Hendricks, 70, of St. Augustine, Florida, were ejected from the vehicle. Hendricks was declared dead at the scene, while a 22-year-old man from Oviedo, Florida was taken to UC Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Two other passengers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Elantra, along with two passengers, including a 1-year-old child, also received non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have indicated icy conditions as a possible contributing factor in the crash near mile marker 175, but ruled out speed or intoxication as contributing factors for either collision.

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