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Tragic three vehicle accident takes life of Adair Constable

Constable Tony Grider pronounced dead at the scene. Three airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Toddler treated and released. Accident occurred on KY 61 between Interchange Construction site and Flat Woods. Burkesville Road closed for four hours
The day dawned as one of the most beautiful spring days ever, but at 10:55am, May 17, 2006, a terrible tragedy occurred which won't be forgotten in many years.

A tragic three-vehicle accident took the life of a respected Adair County Constable, Tony Grider, 50, and resulted in injuries to four others.


Grider was pronounced dead at the scene by Adair County Coroner Rick Wilson. For the funeral arrangements Click Here

Injured listed

Injured were Carole Neat, Anthony Price, Adam Grider, and a three old child in the Grider vehicle.

The wreck occurred on KY 61 approximately one mile south of the KY 61-Louie B. Nunn construction site, on the roadway which runs alongside the James Woody farm

The accident scene was busy with emergency response vehicles and Kentucky 61 was closed for approximately four hours. Traffic was detoured by the Kentucky Highway Department while response personnel worked.

Large number of emergency response units at scene

In addition to Kentucky State Police Trooper Greg Brown and SGT Rob Winsett, Trooper David Long, and Trooper B.J. Burton, units from the Adair County Sheriff's Office, the Adair County Rescue Squad, and the Breeding Fire Department were at the scene. Kentucky State Police accident reconstructionist Trooper Lanny Jewel and Trooper Toby Young also assisted, and an ongoing investigation by the KSP is underway.

Grider vehicle, Caravan driven by Carole Neat, collide first

According to the Kentucky State Police, Carole Neat, 46, Columbia, KY, was operating a 1997 Dodge Caravan southbound on KY 61.

Her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 1998 Chevrolet Pickup, which was northbound and was operated by Tony Grider.

Caravan spun into path of vehicle driven by Anthony Price

The Dodge Caravan operated by Neat then spun into the path of a 1991 Toyota Pickup being operated by Anthony Price, 43, Columbia, KY.

The Dodge Caravan and the Toyota pickup came to final rest off the roadway near the impact area.

Grider pickup comes to rest in small stream

The Chevrolet pickup operated by Grider continued off the right shoulder and overturned several times, coming to a rest in the creek, which flows through a tunnel under KY 61 at that point.

Grider and a passenger, Adam Grider, 20, were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle.

Also in the truck was the three year old child, who was restrained in a child safety seat.

Large number of response vehicles at scene

The Adair County Ambulance service transported Adam Grider, Carole Neat, the three year old infant, and Anthony Price to the Westlake Regional Hospital.

The three-year-old was treated for minor injuries and released.
Information for this article largely courtesy SGT Robert Winsett, Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY, with additional information from Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home and from later interviews at the scene.


This story was posted on 2006-05-17 20:58:34
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