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Columbia driver dies in Columbia Western Parkway collision

By Chief Mark Harris, Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department investigated a fatal collision that occurred Thursday evening, September 3, 2009, at about 4:00pm at the intersection of Hwy 61 South and the Columbia Bypass.

The accident occurred when a 1997 Pontiac being operated by 34 year old James Giles of Columbia, KY, was traveling North on the Columbia 55 Bypass and, according to witnesses, failed to stop at a traffic light at the Hwy 61 South intersection.

The Giles vehicle was then struck in the passenger side by a 1995 GMC tractor trailer car hauler being operated by Paul Standridge, age 44, of Tennessee.

Giles was pronounced dead at the scene by the Adair County Coroners office. No seat belt was in use. Standridge was belted, but was transported to West Lake Regional Hospital by Adair County EMS where he was admitted.

The accident was investigated by Columbia Police Officer Josh Brockman. He was assisted by officer Kevin Atwood and other members of Columbia PD and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. The Columbia Adair County Fire Department and the State Highway Department also responded.

This story was posted on 2009-09-04 05:44:59
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Columbia Western Bypass has first fatality

2009-09-03 - Burkesville RD at Columbia Western Bypass, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
First Fatality The intersection of Burkesville RD and the Columbia Western Bypass was the scene of a terrible accident this afternoon, Thursday, September 3, 2009, which claimed the life of a Columbia citizen. Columbia Police are withholding the name of the driver until notification of next of kin. The driver of the passenger car (whom police later reported to have run a red light) was travelling north on the CWB and was struck by an oncoming car carrier semi. The passenger vehicle was dragged approximately 150 feet before coming to a stop on the grassy right of way. Units of the Columbia Police Department, Emergency Medical Service, Columbia Fire Department and the Adair County Sheriff's Department were on the scene. The accident occurred just 10 Months, 25 days, and approximately 2 hours after the opening of the Columbia Western Bypass on October 9, 2009, at 3:00pmCT. Further details will be posted as released by the Columbia Police Department.

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First fatal crash, Columbia Western Bypass, September 4, 2009

2009-09-04 - Burkesville RD at Columbia Western Bypass, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
The First Fatality registered on the Columbia Western Bypass since its opening on October 9, 2008, occurred at the intersection of the bypass and Burkesville RD. The 1997 Pontiac in the top photo was traveling North on the bypass, and was struck by the car carrier in the lower photo and dragged some 150 feet from the point of impact to its resting place. Columbia Police Officer Josh Brockman, bottom photo, assisted by Officer Kevin Atwood, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, the Columbia Adair County Fire Department, and the Kentucky State Highway Department also responded. The driver of the Pontiac was pronounced dead at the scene.

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