One killed, two injured in I-71 wreck

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A KSP trooper was one of the injured

By Christopher Brooke

A wreck on Interstate 71 in Henry County at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday killed one person and injured another two, including one Kentucky State Police trooper, according to a KSP news release.
Trooper Mickey Gonterman responded to a call of dogs on the interstate near the 30 mile marker at 7:30.
The trooper and the caller, who has not been identified yet, were walking along the right hand shoulder on a bridge when a vehicle that had moved into the left lane rapidly decelerated, troopers said. A box truck and a tractor-trailer that were also in the left lane moved right to avoid the vehicle that was slowing.
“The tractor trailer then struck the box truck in the rear causing the box truck to jack knife across both lanes of traffic and overturn on the bridge,” KSP said. “The caller and Trooper Gonterman were struck by the trailer of the box truck, pinning the caller and causing Trooper Gonterman to fall approximately 30 feet from the bridge.”
The Henry County coroner pronounced the caller dead of the scene, according to the news release. A helicopter flew Gonterman to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The driver of the box truck was taken to Baptist Hospital in La Grange for non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation continues.
Kentucky State Police Post 5 troopers were assisted on scene by KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), Campbellsburg Fire Department, Lake Jericho Fire Department, Henry County Animal Control, Henry County EMS, Henry County Coroner, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.