Driver paralyzed in Wednesday accident on WK Parkway

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A soldier and Kentucky State Trooper examine the wrecked military vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

A soldier and Kentucky State Trooper examine the wrecked military vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

Three men were injured, one seriously, in a one vehicle accident on the Western Kentucky Parkway Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, around 2:55 p.m., Andrew Bechtle, 26, was traveling east on the Western Kentucky Parkway at the 83-mile marker in a military convoy when the right front tire of the vehicle blew out.

The tire blow out caused Bechtle to lose control of the vehicle and enter into the median. Bechtle’s vehicle then crossed into the west bound lane of the Western Kentucky Parkway where it rolled over. The vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side trapping Bechtle. 

The other passengers, Bedijoel Bley, 34, and Nathan Pearson, 23, were not trapped, but injured in the accident and were transported to Owensboro Regional Health with non-life threatening injuries.

Bechtle had to be removed by mechanical means and was airlifted by PHI to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville with life-threatening injuries. According to Ohio County Emergency Management Director Charlie Shields, Bechtle’s injuries have left him paralyzed.

According to Shields, the soldiers were traveling home to the Fort Knox Army Base from the Fort Campbell Army Base where they had been working.

The KSP were assisted by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio County EMS, Beaver Dam Fire Department and PHI.

All photos courtesy of Ohio County EMA.

 

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