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Deputies: Semi Left Scene After Causing I-275 Crash

Posted On January 05, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

(Petersburg, Ky.) – Boone County Sheriff’s investigators are trying to track down a semi driver who left the scene of a crash that shut down Interstate 275 much of the day Thursday.

Deputies say Makala Grant, 17, of Petersburg, was driving on I-275 eastbound around 10:40 a.m. when her passenger car was forced into the median barrier by a semi changing lanes.

After striking the cable barrier, Grant’s car veered back onto the highway. A following semi towing a car hauler maneuvered to avoid Grant’s car and overturned. New cars were spilled off the hauler across the highway.

“Swan steered right to avoid contact with the Ford dropping his right axles off the roadway and causing his top-heavy load to tip over blocking both traveled lanes and both emergency lanes,” the sheriff’s office said.

The car hauler was driven by Thomas Swan, 48 of Lumberton, Mississippi, who was driving it for U.S. Auto Logistics out of Houston, Texas.

Luckily, neither Grant nor Shaw were injured.

The wreck shut down I-275 near Petersburg for about four hours while crews worked to upright the truck and the new cars that it had been carrying.

“Wrecker crews had to first ‘pick’ the four cars off the upper deck of the carrier and then free the tractor off of and away from the cable barrier before upturning it,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies say the semi driver who initially forced Grant’s vehicle into the median barrier left the scene. Anybody with information that can help identify that truck is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 334-2175.

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