Nelson County coroner identifies victims of triple fatal crash

Nelson County coroner identifies victims of triple fatal crash
The eastbound semi appears to have crossed the median and crossed into the westbound lanes. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News)
The eastbound semi appears to have crossed the median and crossed into the westbound lanes. (Source: Air 3, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Nelson County coroner says three people have been killed in a crash that closed a 10-mile stretch of the Bluegrass Parkway. That road is now reopen.

Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin identified the deceased as a Harrodsburg couple, Elmer Douglas O'Dell, 72, who was the driver, of the car, and his wife, Vivian Delores O'Dell, 71 and their 3-year-old granddaughter, Kieren O'Dell. This was originally reported by the Kentucky Standard.

The cause of death for all three victims was listed as blunt force trauma.

Another granddaughter, Phoebe, was taken by Nelson County EMS to Flaget Memorial Hospital, then flown to Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville.

"It's a tragic situation when you have accidents that involve children," Houghlin told the Standard. "It's hard on the police, it's hard on the coroner's office, it's hard on the people who were out there trying to extricate them. Your heart goes out to these people."

Police have not yet identified the driver of the truck.

The crash was reported at 11:24 a.m. near the KY 49 overpass. The crash involved a semi and a passenger vehicle. Video from Air 3 suggests the semi may have crossed the median and gone into the opposing lane.

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According to Nelson Co. Coroner Field Houghlin, the dead are two adults and a child. Their names have not been released.

Chris Jessie, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Elizabethtown District, said reconstruction and cleanup of the crash scene will take three to four hours.

A detour for westbound traffic was set up at Exit 25 (the US 150/Bardstown exit), but Jessie urges drivers to get off at Exit 34 (the KY 55/Bloomfield exit) to US 62. To minimize congestion at the US 150 interchange, Jessie says drivers should reenter the Bluegrass Parkway via US 31E at Exit 21 on the west side of Bardstown.

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