UPDATE: KSP identify man killed in crash involving Greyhound bus in Hart County
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.
An official from TJ Samson tells us all of the 5 victims brought to the hospital, including the bus driver, Michael Whitefield, have been treated and were released earlier Thursday.
UPDATE 5:17 pm:
Kentucky State Police released more details in a fatal crash on I-65 Thursday morning.
KSP said a preliminary investigation has revealed that Charles Cartwright (37) of Louisville, KY was driving a 2008 Toyota SUV northbound in a southbound travel lane of Interstate 65 near the 67-mile marker.
Cartwright’s vehicle struck both a 2016 Freightliner commercial vehicle being operated by Jamie Crescencio (34) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and a 2014 MCI Greyhound bus being operated by Michael Whitefield (38) of Escondido, CA in a “head-on” manner.
Charles Cartwright succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Hart County Coroner’s Office. Michael Whitefield was transported via EMS to TJ Samson Hospital where he is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A total of six passengers aboard the bus were transported by EMS to local hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries. Twenty-nine additional passengers did not report injury and refused medical treatment while on scene. Crescencio and a passenger in the semi truck did not report injury.
UPDATE 2:50 pm:
Kentucky State Police told 13 News all lanes of I-65 are back open.
UPDATE 2:10 pm: Greyhound releases a statement regarding this morning's crash involving a bus:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in today’s incident.
Our priority is taking care of all the passengers, employees and families affected and we will continue to support local authorities with this matter."
UPDATE 11:35 am:
I-65 remains closed while Kentucky State Police reconstruction units investigate. They are expected to finish within the next couple of hours.
Rain caused delays in effectively conducting clean up and investigation by responding agencies. Once reconstruction and clean up are complete, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews will inspect the road surface for damage and confirm conditions are safe for travel.
Traffic is still being diverted at Exit 71 and is backed up approximately five miles to near Upton at Exit 76. Motorists approaching the area are advised to be prepared for slow/stopped traffic ahead. Road conditions are wet, which reduce braking distance.
Extreme congestion is reported along the detour route (US 31W). Motorists going through Kentucky are strongly advised to utilize Exit 91 in Elizabethtown and take Western Kentucky Parkway to Natcher Parkway and rejoin I65 in Bowling Green.
Passengers and cargo from the commercial bus involved with this morning’s incident were temporarily sheltered at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet facility in Munfordville and have now been picked up by the carrier to continue toward their destination.
Kentucky State Police confirmed that one person has died after a passenger car and Greyhound bus collision.
The crash happened around 3:30 Thursday morning on Interstate 65 in Hart County at mile marker 68.
KSP said an SUV was traveling the wrong way on I-65, driving northbound in the southbound lane when it hit the bus and a semi head-on.
When police arrived the SUV was in flames; KSP confirms the person driving the SUV is confirmed dead.
KSP says 37 people were aboard the Greyhound bus when the crash happened. 29 of those people reported no injuries, the others were transported to local hospitals. The driver of the bus, however, suffered critical injuries and is in critical condition.
Detours are being used as the interstate is expected to be shut down for several hours.
Drivers can exit I-65 at the 71-mile marker in Bonnieville and use US 31W to get back to I-65 at the 65-mile marker near Munfordville.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.