UPDATE: Driver distracted before I-64 crash

State Journal Staff Report, Published:

One woman was taken to the hospital after a three-car crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 64.

Sheriff Pat Melton said Megan Robert, 24, of Norfolk, Va. told deputies she looked down for a moment as she was driving in the left lane of westbound I-64, near mile marker 53.

When she looked up, traffic had stopped.

Melton said she was driving around 70 miles per hour.

Robert told deputies she swerved, but she hit the car in front of her before ending up in the median.

The car she hit, driven by Nathan Mattox, 38, of Booneville, Mo., was pushed into a third car, driven by Erin Moore, 34, of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mattox’s passenger, 38-year-old Aneisa Mattox, was taken to the hospital with what deputies described as very minor injuries.

Melton said she was complaining of neck and back pain.

Traffic had been slow in the area for most of Friday because of construction.

Emergency patching was being done at the bridge over Cardwell Lane, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 said.

Melton said this construction work was likely why traffic was backed up at the time of the crash.

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  • running into the rearend of traffic on the interstate doesn't seem possible to me.  and i do a lot of looking around at the scenery (not one for playing with the phone or radio).  this lady had to have been entranced in a sudoku puzzle for an extended period.  i used to be the original road rager, but my wife finally convinced me they honestly just have no clue what they're doing out there.

  • Distracted?  Distracted by what?  A text, a phone call,  her meal, makeup, etc?    If you're going 70 mph and you take your eyes off the road, you better have a better than assured distance for stopping.  Crashes are caused primarily by allowing oneself to become distracted, speeding, following too closely, impaired driving and running traffic control devices.   All of these are human error and all so preventable.