The driver is lucky to be alive, police said Wednesday at the scene of the latest bypass collision. One man was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center with possible head injuries after his pickup was broadsided by a tractor trailer. The accident shut down all lanes of traffic for approximately 30 minutes, with north-bound lanes closed significantly longer due to glass and spilled fluids.
Police say Gary Caldwell, of Tank Pond Road, was driving east on Lebanon Road when he ran the red light at the intersection of U.S. 127. Caldwell's pick-up was struck in the passenger side by a north-bound semi and flung about 40 feet into the grassy median of the highway. Police could not determine at the scene the exact point of contact between the two vehicles.
Danville firefighters extricated Caldwell from the pick-up, resting on three wheels in the ditch.
Eight people from the Danville police department, fire department and Boyle County Emergency Medical Service worked to remove the semi driver from the truck's cab.