Victim identified in fatal, two-vehicle accident on I-71 in Henry County
I-71 north was closed for several hours at the Gene Snyder Freeway.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police say one person was killed Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash on the interstate in Henry County.
The crash happened before 6 a.m. on I-71 North near the 25 mile marker.
The Henry County Coroner says Andrew Persanyi, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner says Persanyi lived in Oldham County and he was on his way to work at General Butler State Park near Carrollton.
According to State Police, another car slammed into the back of Persanyi’s car, causing the Persanyi’s vehicle to flip. Persanyi was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown onto the interstate.
Truck driver, William Braunig says he was behind the two cars and saw what happened.
“This is the first time in 30 years I’ve ever had it happen right out of my window,” said Braunig.
“It was dark. It was foggy, misty rain,” Braunig described. “It was in the fast lane and it ran right into the back of another vehicle. I saw headlights and taillights, just kind of go that way, and slam into the rock wall, and then no lights at all. I’m immediately on the phone with 911.”
Braunig says he used his semi to shield Persanyi’s body, while he also directed traffic around the scene.
The driver of the second car was transported to Baptist Health Hospital in La Grange. State Police say a blood test was done on that driver because the crash was deadly.
I-71 North was closed at the Gene Snyder for about four hours.
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