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Pendleton resident Sherri Bray was fatally injured on Tuesday, March 25, in a motor vehicle collision on Interstate 71 in Oldham County.
The 48-year-old victim was a 1984 Trimble County High School graduate. She was employed as a health care worker for Lifeline.
At 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, Oldham County Police were dispatched to the scene of the crash in the southbound lanes of I 71 near the Gene Snyder Freeway. When police arrived they located a multi-vehicle collision in Oldham County approximately 1/2 mile before the Jefferson County line at an overpass over Haunz Lane. The collision involved a total of five vehicles—a box delivery truck, a semi-tractor trailer and three passenger vehicles.
The initial investigation indicated traffic was slowing, or stopped, due to road work. The box truck failed to come to a stop and impacted a Chrysler 200 being operated by Bray, forcing the vehicle under the semi trailer. Bray died at the scene from the injuries she sustained, police said.
Three people from other vehicles were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Preliminary investigation did not reveal any indication of alcohol or drug involvement and no charges are anticipated at this time, police said.
The roadway remained closed for several hours while the collision was investigated. Southbound traffic was detoured off I-71 at the Sligo/Pendleton exit via Ky. 153 over to U.S. 42. Motorists were then directed to traverse U.S. 42 to the Gene Snyder Freeway in Jefferson County. According to Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the southbound lanes of I-71 were reopened to traffic at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday.
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