Back-to-back crashes around 9 a.m. Wednesday closed part of Old Lawrenceburg Road for three hours after a truck snapped a telephone pole in half, blocking the roadway.
Workers put in a new pole and strung wire, said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton. No one was seriously injured in the wrecks, which happened along the twisting section of the road between the East-West Connector and Johnson Road, which is just past Interstate 64.
Melton said a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Trevor D. Tate, 18, of Frankfort, with his girlfriend and 2-week-old infant as passengers, was traveling on Lawrenceburg Road toward KY 247. Tate, who was not wearing a seatbelt and driving too fast on the wet roadway, lost control of his vehicle and went off the shoulder, Melton said.
Melton said Tate overcorrected into the oncoming traffic lane. A 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup swerved to avoid a collision and the fenders of each vehicle collided. The Dodge continued moving until it struck the telephone pole.
Both cars were towed away, and the driver of the Toyota – Alvin C. Lynn, 39, of Lawrenceburg – was treated for minor abrasions on the scene.
“The two pickup trucks had very serious damage,” Melton said.
The second wreck occurred when the driver of a 2002 Toyota Camry slammed on the brakes and was rear-ended by a 1999 Honda Accord. The Toyota Camry was driven from the scene, but the Honda Accord had to be towed.
Melton said there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in either wreck, but said both are under investigation. He said Old Lawrenceburg Road has a lot of accidents when it rains. He said he is working with the state Transportation Cabinet to improve safety there.
“It’s a problem,” Melton said.