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Columbia Police report on collision which has claimed two lives

One victim pronounced dead at the scene. One pronounced deceased in Casey County , where Air Evac makes emergency landing in Liberty due to patient condition. One other patient airlifted to UK Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. Two others treated on the scene and taken to TJ Health/Columbia. Columbia Police investigated a three vehicle collision resulting in the deaths of an Adair Countian and Russell Springs, KY resident. Adair County EMS and Adair County EMS were also on the scene. Russell Road was closed at the site for approximately two hours.
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By Josh Brockman Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department, Chief , Jason Cross

On 12-14-2017 at approximately 12:55pmCT, Columbia Police Department received a dispatch from Adair County 911 to respond to KY 80 East also known as Russell Springs road, to a three vehicle collision with at least one patient entrapped.

Preliminary collision investigation results indicate that Jimmie Bennett, 74, of Columbia, KY, was traveling west on KY 80 in a 2010 Hyundai Sonata when he struck a 2000 Ford Van operated by 49 year old Micheal Bush of Columbia, KY, in the rear of vehicle.

Bennett's vehicle then crossed into the east bound lane of traffic where it was involved in a secondary collision, striking in the drivers side of the vehicle by a 2016 GMC operated by Paul Banks, 80, of Russell Springs, KY, and his passenger, Dwight D Banks, 60, also of Russell Springs.

Jimmie Bennett was pronounced deceased at the scene and coroner Todd Akin was called to respond to scene.

Micheal Bush, Paul Banks, and Dwight D. Banks were all treated on scene and transported to TJ Health/Columbia, KY, by Adair County EMS . Micheal Bush was treated and released. Paul Banks was flown by helicopter via Air Methods to University of KY where he is listed in critical condition.

Dwight Banks was flown by helicopter via Air Evac to University of KY but was forced to make a landing - due to patients condition becoming severely unstable at Casey County Hospital. Banks succumbed to his injuries shortly after landing and was pronounced deceased.

KY 80 remained shut down for approximately two hours while scene was being investigated. CPD Sgt Gary Roy is in charge of the collision investigation and he was assisted by Sgt. Jr Murphy.

Responding agencies were Columbia Police Department, Columbia Adair County Fire Department and Adair EMS.

This story was posted on 2017-12-14 20:15:06
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