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Police provide tips to prevent stranded motorist deaths

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The ambulance on the scene Thursday night. The ambulance on the scene Thursday night.
The scene of the accident Thursday night on the Sherman Minton Bridge. The scene of the accident Thursday night on the Sherman Minton Bridge.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Police are hoping to help prevent stranded motorist deaths.

The decision to speak out was made after a woman was killed and a man was hospitalized Thursday night when they were hit by a car while trying to put gas in their stalled vehicle on the Sherman Minton Bridge.

Sergeant Barry Denton with the Metro police traffic division commented, "It's very sad and unfortunately, like I said, in this situation, not only the victims, but just the driver themselves being involved in this situation."

Interstate 64 westbound across the Sherman Minton was closed for hours as police investigated.

Sergeant Barry Denton with the Metro police traffic division wants to remind drivers of what to do in a similar situation "Stay in your car, if possible, at all costs. Put your flashers on. If it's at night, you want to keep yourself as visible as possible. So if you can keep your headlights on, you can keep your foot on the brake and keep them tapping so people can see you are stopped."

And keep your cell phone charged and easy to find,

"Call the police. We make stranded motorists calls every day. That's part of our job. There's TriMarc now, if you have roadside assistance, but try if at all possible to stay in that car," advised Denton.

Police said the man injured in the accident is expected to be okay. His name and condition have not been released.

Police do not expect to file any charges against the driver, calling the incident a terrible accident.

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