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Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy involved in serious crash

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Dave Ernst (source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Dave Ernst (source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy was hospitalized Tuesday after being involved in a multi-vehicle crash. It happened around 9 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Patterson Expressway.

"I was in the inside lane here, the new lane they built, going up east here," said Dave Bramer who was stuck in traffic behind the accident.  "(I) seen a plume of smoke."

According to University Hospital, 57-year-old David Ernst is stable in satisfactory condition.

"David's a tough guy, and he's big strong guy," said JCSO Col. Carl Yates.  'He's a fighter."

Ernst was a member of the Louisville Police Department for 24 years before it was combined with the Jefferson County Police Department when the city and county merged in 2002.  He has worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for the past year and a half.

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says Ernst was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle when a Ford F-150 hit him in the rear. Traffic came to a standstill just before Ernst was hit, so a chain-reaction crash ensued, involving four other vehicles.  One lane re-opened around 11:30 a.m.

Three people were taken to University Hospital, but Mitchell advises that their injuries do not appear life-threatening.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating.

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