UPDATE: Fatal car accident in Warren County started as a car pursuit in Tennessee

SMITHS GROVE, Ky. (WBKO) -- UPDATE
Sunday, Oct. 1
2:07 p.m.

Kentucky State Police say at 6:01 a.m. Post 3 Bowling Green was called to assist the Allen County Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle pursuit, which had originated in Westmoreland, Tennessee.

KSP says the Westmoreland Police Department saw a vehicle "speeding and driving reckless," which led to the pursuit.

Police say upon entering Kentucky, the pursuit led Allen County Deputies through Allen County, crossing into Warren County on KY 101, reaching speeds of over 100 mph.

Kentucky State Police say once the pursuit neared the Smiths Grove city limits in Warren County, Allen County Sheriff’s Department terminated the pursuit, deactivating all emergency equipment.

According to officials, just minutes later, the vehicle was involved in a single vehicle collision on KY 101 near the intersection of US 68-80, and three people were ejected from the vehicle.

Troopers say the vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree.

According to a preliminary investigation, KSP says a total of five occupants of the vehicle were involved in the collision.

Police go on to say that two of the occupants sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased by the Warren County Coroner’s Office, and two other occupants were flown by helicopter to Tennessee hospitals for treatment of injuries.

Police say those two occupants are both currently listed in critical condition, and the other person who was in the vehicle is also now in a Tennessee hospital listed in stable condition.

The names of those involved have not been released, and are pending death notification to family members at this time.

The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Trooper Kevin Mayfield. He was assisted on scene by Medical Center EMS, Warren County Coroner’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Smiths Grove Fire Department, and other KSP personnel. No other details are available for release at this time.

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Police say a car accident in Smiths Grove just after 7:30 a.m. on Sunday began as a car pursuit in Westmoreland, Tennessee.

According to Jeremy Hodges with Kentucky State Police, on Sunday morning, the Westmoreland Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop for speeding.

Hodges says this is when the pursuit began and was shortly taken up by Allen County Sheriffs Department.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department then stopped its pursuit as the Allen County city limits approached, going into Smiths Grove, says the Kentucky State Police.

According to police, this is when the accident occurred.

KSP says the crash killed two occupants in the van and left the other three occupants in critical condition.

Trooper Hodges says according to the Allen County Sheriffs Department, no law enforcement was active when the accident occurred.

KSP says the vehicle involved in the accident was a rental.

No names have been released yet, as police are trying to contact family members.

We will continue to give you updates as they come in.



 
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