A Wednesday morning wreck backed up traffic for three miles in the westbound lanes of Western Kentucky Parkway after a pick-up truck and camper overturned just east of the Clarkson exit.
Douglas and Barbara Bennett, of Hodgenville, were on their way to the Pennyrile area of Kentucky with a 25 feet-long camper in tow when the camper began to fishtail uncontrollably.
Douglas Bennett was unable to regain control, and his Ford F150 and camper rolled onto its side facing the opposite direction of traffic, covering the right lane of traffic.
Barbara Bennett stood by as first responders worked to clear the scene and talked about the first startling moments after the accident. “He thought it was going to explode because the propane tanks that ran the freezer were on,” she said. “He kept telling me to get out of the truck, but my seat belt was stuck, and I couldn’t get out.”
“If you write anything about this, you need to say that there were so many people helping us,” she added, explaining that other motorists stopped to assist her and her husband in getting out of the overturned truck.
Neither of the passengers were injured in the incident, though the clean-up effort snarled traffic, which was backed up bumper-to-bumper for three miles behind the accident.
The median and roadway were dotted with people who had gotten out of their vehicles to talk to other drivers or sit in the grassy median to wait for the scene to clear.
Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department took control of the scene while Grayson County Sheriff’s Office worked the accident and Grayson County EMS responded as well.