2 victims identified in deadly ambulance-involved crash in Smoketown

The scene of the crash at Broadway and Hancock.
The scene of the crash at Broadway and Hancock.
Published: Feb. 3, 2019 at 7:09 PM EST
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New Developments, victims identified in deadly crash involving ambulance

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police are investigating a crash that killed two people.

According to MetroSafe, the crash happened at 3 a.m. Saturday morning, near Broadway and Hancock, in the Smoketown neighborhood.

The initial call came in as an injury accident, involving an EMS crew, and another vehicle, a MetroSafe supervisor told WAVE 3 News.

The impact was so intense that the ambulance landed on its side.

According to LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell, the ambulance was traveling east on Broadway, attempting to make a left turn onto northbound Hancock when it was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Broadway. The ambulance was not operating in an emergency mode, and no emergency lights or sirens were active.

The passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the passenger vehicle was rushed to University Hospital, but died a short time later.

The two people killed in the accident were identified Sunday as Joshua Kidwell, 23 and Kenric Farrell, 45, both of Louisville.

Three EMS employees and one patient were inside the ambulance at the time of the crash. The EMS employees were transported to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The patient was also taken to University Hospital.

Emergency officials said the patient inside the ambulance was already being transported because of a different crash.

“I went to the hospital,” John Stovall, President of the Teamsters Local Union No. 783, said. “We were down there for hours just to make sure everybody was safe.”

Of those in the ambulance, two workers have been released from the hospital, one is still being observed and the patient didn’t get additional injuries from the crash on Broadway.

Two people in a vehicle that hit the ambulance when it was turning, were not as fortunate. Friends 23-year-old Joshua Kidwell and 45-year-old Kenric Farrell dead after the crash.

LMPD is still investigating the cause of the crash, and if heavy fog could’ve contributed to it.

“The biggest thing is everybody just take a minute to slow down,” Stovall said. “None of us need to get where we think we need to in the time we think we need to get there.”

The intersection was still lined with stop signs in place of fully-functioning traffic lights Sunday.

One block of Hancock Street south of Broadway was also closed.

A utility pole in the area was also hit.

LMPD’s Traffic Unit is investigating.

Two die in ambulance-involved crash in Smoketown neighborhood

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