Truck accident leads to $10K food donation to local groups

Semi flipped on Interstate 64

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

As the saying goes: Every cloud has a silver lining.

That was the case Thursday morning when a semi crash on Interstate 64 led to a generous donation of food to four local organizations.

“We made the most of a bad situation,” Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said. “It took a bad thing and turned it into something good.”

Both eastbound lanes of I-64 were closed for more than three hours after a semi-trailer ran off the road near mile marker 50.

The driver was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, Melton said.

The tractor-trailer, which was carrying food for Kroger, flipped in the crash.

“Obviously everything was upside down,” Melton said, “there were cartons that were busted.”

The crash meant the food was no longer allowed to go on Kroger shelves.

Rather than let it go to waste, Melton said Edwin Marcellino, president of the Louisville-based trucking company Mala, spoke with officials at Kroger. The decision was made to donate the salvageable frozen food to local charitable organizations.

The total value of the donated food exceeded $10,000, said Tim McGurk, public affairs manager for Kroger’s Louisville division.

“Ending hunger is Kroger’s number one community initiative so we’re pleased that some good has come from the accident,” McGurk said in an email sent to The State Journal. “We are most thankful that no one was seriously injured.”

Inmates from the Franklin County Regional Jail helped load boxes, many of which were held in a refrigeration truck until they could be distributed. The truck was loaned by MBM, Melton said.

Benefiting organizations include the Frankfort Senior Activity Center, the Franklin County Women’s Shelter, the Simon House and ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter, Melton said.

“You never wish for a truck to crash, but this happens,” ACCESS executive director Andrew Baker said. “It’s always a big surprise.”

This is the second time Baker said the soup kitchen has received food after an accident. He and other charity leaders called the donation “a blessing.”

“This is going to benefit us tremendously,” Matt Kirby, chairman of the board at the Simon House, said. “We are very low on frozen food right now.”

Kirby said the circumstances behind the donation are unfortunate, but the outcome ensures they can continue serving those in need.

“It really is turning lemons into lemonade,” he said.

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  • @CardFan & CapitalCitizen: Have either one of you worked with Pat Melton? I have. Do either one of you pay taxes? I do! I pay more in state taxes than I do in county taxes. I would like to see a better return for my state tax dollars. I don't want to see an increase in my county taxes to get what you both obviously believe is better county law enforcement.

    You both say I have a bias for someone other than Pat Melton for Sheriff and you are correct. I have never hidden that fact. I am looking for more efficient and trustworthiness in the administration of that very important county office. What you are getting now is nothing more that sensationalism. Has anyone ask why another one of the employees, Richard Starnes, has left the office? NO. If you do you most likely won't get the truth. Just like you didn't get the real reason why Craig Blanton left. Why not be honest no matter how much it hurts? That's the way I was raised. People will respect honesty. So now tell me who is trying to win an election "at all cost".

  • Cardfan I will not dignify your comment with a response.

  • What I don't understand Bodeen and Legion or whatever name he goes by this week, is the FPD makes more drug arrests than the Sheriff's Office and no 1,000 word responses blasting them for doing the same thing Pat Meltons deputies do. Here is my 1,000 words.

    The Circuit Judges have been quoted in this paper as saying 85% of all crime in Franklin County is drug related. We must stop the flow of illegal drugs or we might see more people having the arsenal of weapons listed in the paper last week and maybe some big city killers are imported here to do a job. What I can't understand is how they got our FPD names and unit numbers. That scares the he!! out of me. FPD is in the State Journal as much as Melton but in this case, he is in the paper for good by arranging the frozen food going to four worthy organizations. I recall this as being the second time Melton has done this.

    This is a positive article from a terrible situation yet you turn it into a drug thing and bash the one guy who made the food donations happen. I agree with CC, Do we want a law enforcement Sheriff or one who collects taxes. You guys talk about all these "potential" lawsuits... thats like saying their will be a snow storm in July. 

    The people will speak on May 20 and I bet they speak very loudly. We have people helping Banta. But are they helping Banta or trying to hurt Melton? I think I know. We will know for sure when Melton wins and Bantas crew goes to Republican Napier to help him try and defeat Melton.There are more yard signs than I can remember ever seeing, lets remember if all these yard signs lead to a victory for them. 

    Melton helped the Humane Society over and over yet some of their Board members have Banta signs in their yards. I hope Banta goes out of his way to help them when the next animal hoarder case occurs. I hope Banta cares for his men as well as Pat Melton has. All this money you all harp on has mostly gone to deputy salaries. There has not been a doubling of deputies, I think it's still 15. The biggest staffing has gone to staff that ridiculous, new, expensive 102,000 sq ft courthouse or as Melton says, hire a private security firm to guard and protect the judges and staff. Melton had no choice in hiring those men and women, AOC prescribed how many to hire.

    With Melton's good press, he also did not hide the Matt Brown problem. He could have let him resign and no one would have known any different. He made that public too. Kudos for being transparent.

    As far as collecting taxes, they have been collected, just not by lawmen, they were collected by clerks and the lawmen were out doing what they are trained to do, fight crime, not sit in an air conditioned office and draw hazardous duty pay. So march on Sheriff Melton and deputies. You have made everyone step up their game to the betterment of Frankfort and Franklin County. The lawmen who did not want to work either left before you took office and soon after. Those same ones are now campaigning for Banta, It's a who's who of Ted Collins former deputies, are they looking for an easy gig again? Or are they so upset because Melton did what they couldn't or wouldn't. 

    If those guys were campaigning against Melton for the betterment of the community, I would be right there with them but they are not. They are trying to beat Melton and thats it. Nothing more, nothing less. Beating Melton at all costs is all they are doing.

    Don't vote for your friend or family member, don't vote for someone cause they have lived in Franklin for 200 years, vote for the one getting the job done and that is Pat Melton. 

    Sheriff Melton, thanks for arranging all that frozen food going to the needy instead of taking it to the landfill.

  • I shall. It amazes me how people wants to get rid of a problem doing the same thing over and over after all these years and getting nowheres.. I dont like the situation any less and actually hate it more to want to try to do something different and right. I have seen the greatest abuse committed by our police in this suppose fight. Humanity has been trained out of our law enforcers over this and it is scarey to think how little most cares for a human life. From past to current officers, they are always corrupt ones that uses this problem for their own personal gain. Those are the ones that provide protection to the big dealers who are willing to pay the price. Their actions tarnishes all of them and at times I truely think the bad ones get the wink wink treatment by the good ones. Matter of factly, that's how Matt Brown was able to carry on his illegal shakedowns for so long. Yet, people don't want to hold the responsible ones accountable and cheer them on.

  • Hey Bodeen... you heard them you better start behooving. lol

  • You simply do not ERADICATE (as you put it) dealers by throwing them in jail. What you are ignoring C.C. is this is what we have been doing since the 70's of the last century. You probably weren't even born yet but you have seen how ERADICATING DEALERS has worked out so far. There is only one way to ERADICATE un-licensed street dealers and that is to stop the prohibition on some drugs. There is only one way society can help get the number of addicts down and that is to treat, not ERADICATE them. All your idol has been doing is keep the revolving door going in this fantacy that some has that we can punish the addiction out of an addict. How many years does it take and billions spent to realize that none of this is working and never has and NEVER WILL!

    You also lump every other crime as being caused by drugs but be real just for one minute, how many addict/dealer (the one and same) has been arrested committing any other crime besides dealing to support their habit? How many has been charged with such a crime? I never said some addicts doesn't commit other crimes to support their habit and some crimes are comitted by addicts but not anywheres near ALL OF THEM and those thugs needs punished because they did bother innocent people but guess what C.C., those are the ones that never gets punished for the most part because they often cut deals with police to stay out of jail and turn in somebody who actually only hurts themselves and their kind, Those are the ones who go to jail. Violent people are given probation over none violent. My god, a man can put a bullet in another mans head here, a knife in his chest and get probation but a person in their own home not bothering anybody will get years in the penitentiary for supporting their habit without commiting crimes against citizens.

    That has been my point all along. It is a farce! It is wrong and it needs changed. Why are you or anybody else so scared to change how we fight this to a way that works? A much cheaper alternative all the way around. This sheriff here is not what he appears to be to some of you cheerleaders and you all want to call people who knows how this sheriff really is, Drug dealers? Addicts? Criminals? Personal Revenge? Drug Lovers? Idiot? Buffoons? Etc, You name it C.C. cause you are the one who has done it all in defense of Sheriff Melton. What you should do is take those blinders off long enough to see what all has really gone on. Don't be blinded by the stories you read in this paper. You refuse to believe any poster so go ask other elected officials here who has to work with this department. Go ask other law enforcers from other agencies, Heck, ask some the works for Melton now!

    You are not going to any of this. You rather cheerlead on. As far as Napier or Banta goes, Any one of them would make a fine respectable sheriff, democrat or republican, they are no difference in these highly trained lawmen who called Franklin County their homes all of their lives and both comes from good families. I know them both C.C. and I know a lot of other cops (some too well) and in your blind rampage everytime I comment, you say I have no respect for all police. You do not have a clue C.C.! Cheer on.....

  • Bodeen, it would behoove you to not call someone else ignorant when you can't form a sentence without glaring grammatical errors.

    *** it a huge waste of tax dollars to arrest drug dealers?  You call it "picking on the sick addicts who has mental health problems."  That's a direct quote.

    Dealers aren't always addicts and addicts aren't always dealers; however, while the law is still the law, the drugs which you seem to think should be legal are indeed still illegal in Kentucky and therefore the Sheriff's office is merely arresting people who break the law.

    You reference "the huge waste of resource that is needed in other crime areas."  Please specify what kind of crimes?  Because, as you must realize, drug addicts looking for money to buy drugs are often committing so many crimes such as home invasions, burglary, armed robbery and car vehicle break-ins.  May I ask what good is does to focus on those crimes when the dealer and the addict are part of the problem.  If you don't eradicate the dealer and the illegal drug product, then you are enabling the addict to continue to commit crimes to find money for drugs.

    I don't know if you think Banta or Napier will just shut down the Sheriff's office and never arrest anyone again for drugs and drug dealing, but I find your logic irrational and stupid regarding drugs and crime in general.

  • Bodeen, it would behoove you to not call someone else ignorant when you can't form a sentence without glaring grammatical errors.

    *** it a huge waste of tax dollars to arrest drug dealers?  You call it "picking on the sick addicts who has mental health problems."  That's a direct quote.

    Dealers aren't always addicts and addicts aren't always dealers; however, while the law is still the law, the drugs which you seem to think should be legal are indeed still illegal in Kentucky and therefore the Sheriff's office is merely arresting people who break the law.

    You reference "the huge waste of resource that is needed in other crime areas."  Please specify what kind of crimes?  Because, as you must realize, drug addicts looking for money to buy drugs are often committing so many crimes such as home invasions, burglary, armed robbery and car vehicle break-ins.  May I ask what good is does to focus on those crimes when the dealer and the addict are part of the problem.  If you don't eradicate the dealer and the illegal drug product, then you are enabling the addict to continue to commit crimes to find money for drugs.

    I don't know if you think Banta or Napier will just shut down the Sheriff's office and never arrest anyone again for drugs and drug dealing, but I find your logic irrational and stupid regarding drugs and crime in general.

  • Hey Capitalcitezen. The only thing anybody realizes around here is your extreme ignorance and blind loyalty to the sheriff. Once again, get this story in the paper so that the citizens can see Pat doing his job.

    I cannot speak for Gayle Woods who served with honor under three sheriffs and knows more about this office than any of us, not to mention knowing more about the leaders of this office. Actually  tax collecting and providing court security are the primary duties of the sheriffs office but you wouldn't know that. Serving as school crossing is usually left up to constables, at least those who can read and write that is. These photo opts from the sheriff has gotten you fooled but it would behoove you to not attack posters who knows the man and his smokescreen tactics. You cheerleaders can praise a huge waste of taxpayer dollars to pick on the sick addicts who has mental problems and overlook the huge waste of resource that is needed in other crime areas. 

    We all want a sheriff who isn't obsessed with the power of the office and watchful of our dollars. If a sheriff is going to play law enforcer then enforce all laws including the ones that his friends are breaking or accused of. We do not need a sheriff to almost double the deputies when he can't keep a watchful eyes on a smaller crew. We all want a responsible sheriff and hasn't had one in over three years. That isn't my opinion, that is the facts that are backed up by actions and spending. I know you haven't made it this far C.C. because you never do. I am surprised that you didn't accuse this former deputy of being a revengful drug addict and that is most likely because I have done said in the past who he is, like you do everybody else that knows the man.

    It is no wonder why other agencies aren't in the same picture anymore as I imagine they are tired and embarrassed to having apoligize constantly for how some deputies act. I guess that is the reason of this office using un trained constables as backup for their style of law enforcement. My question is why they even need constables after nearly doubling the amount of deputies.

  • Gayle, everyone realizes yoy have an extreme bias in the Sheriff's race. I am grateful that we have such a strong law enforcement presence What do you want? A return to tax collection & the equivalent of school crossing guards & bailiffs? I cannot fathom your bias but returning to the story at hand: Thank you, Kroger, for a great donation to these organizations.

  • Perhaps one of your reporters would like to find out why law enforcement officers were still maintaining the detour at 11:00 a.m. if in fact both lanes were re-opened by 9:45 a.m.

  • Does anyone know if the State Police have moved out of Franklin County?