HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) – A motorcyclist died and an officer was seriously injured following a crash in Elizabethtown.
The motorcyclist and the driver of an SUV were involved in the crash in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 62, in front of Central Hardin High School, around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, Elizabethtown Police Department Officer John Thomas said.
Thomas said an Elizabethtown Police Department officer was nearby when the crash happened and stopped to render aid. While she was out of her vehicle, the driver of a Ford F-150 swerved to avoid the SUV and motorcycle and hit the officer.
Thomas said the officer suffered serious injuries. He said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.
The driver of the SUV was not injured.
The cause of the initial crash remains under investigation, but Thomas said the bright morning sun could have played a role.
“This morning it was possibly a perfect storm of circumstances with drivers unable to see,” he said. “Sometimes there are things you can do through environmental design and prevention to alter these types of wrecks; other times it’s possible in these cases it’s just something that happens.”