Head-on collision reported on Hwy 146; 8 people involved, 6 children

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by Taylor Riley and Tammy Shaw/Local

A head-on collision on 3798 Highway 146, also known as La Grange Road, occurred at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday night near Jackson Road, according to a New Castle Fire and Rescue Facebook post. 

The two vehicles involved were traveling on opposite sides of the highway and collided head-on; there were eight victims total in the two vehicles.

Heather Mills of Campbellsburg, in her early 30s, drove a Dodge pickup, and Kimberley Melton of Pendleton, in her early 40s, drove the other vehicle, according to KSP Post 5 in Campbellsburg. Six children total were in both vehicles. It is not known how many youth were in each.

One vehicle crossed the center line on the roadway, but it is unclear which vehicle crossed over. The wreck is under investigation by KSP, according to KSP Trooper Steven Dykes, Post 5 Public Information Officer.

All eight people involved incurred injuries, and now there is one fatality. After several days in the hospital, Colston Melton, 14, of Pendleton was pronounced dead on March 19.

Both drivers are seriously injured, according to KSP Post 5 Lt. Brad Arterburn.

The injured were so numerous and severe that Oldham County EMS and Air Care from Air Methods KY-7, KY-11 and the University of Cincinnati Health Air Care-1 were called in, according to the New Castle fire department post.

Three helicopters transported Mills, Melton and Colston. All other children were transported to Norton Children’s Hospital by Henry County EMS ambulances with non-life-threatening injuries and later released, according to Lt. Arterburn. Both drivers are at University of Louisville.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Henry County EMS, Oldham County EMS, Air Methods, Lake Jericho Fire Department, New Castle Fire Department and the Henry County State Highway Department, according to a KSP press release.

Henry County EMS and New Castle Fire Department, engine 3335, and Lake Jericho engines 6624 and 6632, responded to the accident and worked together.

Highway 146 was closed to traffic for over three hours Wednesday night but reopened a little after midnight when fire personnel and EMS left the scene, according to the New Castle post.

The case is active and ongoing.  KSP Post 5 accident reconstructionists will be furthering the investigation. 

A fundraiser for the Melton family will be held April 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. at all three Gustavo's restaurants, and 10 percent of checks will go to the Meltons, according to a post from Elizabeth Tindle. Limestone Bank locations in Eminence and Pleasureville are also collecting donations.

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