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Two dead, one injured in crash on Ky. 245

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Three vehicles involved in rush-hour accident

By Randy Patrick

Updated 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12: Two women died and a man was badly injured in a three-vehicle accident on New Shepherdsville Road (Ky. 245) in front of Flaget Memorial Hospital late Friday afternoon.

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The crash was reported at 5:27 p.m. by Nelson County Dispatch, and several agencies responded within a few minutes.

At 6:15, Sgt. Michael Medley of the Bardstown Police said the injured were two women in a yellow 1995 Ford Mustang and a man in a 2000 Ford F-150 truck. At the time, he had not been told anything about their condition.

Friday night at 9:20 p.m., Jeff Gregory, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said one person had died in the crash. Saturday morning, he had gotten confirmation that another was dead.

In a press release before noon Saturday, Gregory reported that the two women who died were Amber Tingle, 25, of Shepherdsville, and Billie Watts, 30, of Cox’s Creek.

According to the press release and reports from others on the scene, Tayseer Lewis, 34, of Brandenburg, was traveling west on Ky. 245 in the pickup. Krystal Fauth, 34, of Cox’s Creek, was traveling east on Ky. 245 in a blue Hyundai Elantra with her juvenile son as her passenger. Tingle was driving the Mustang in which Watts was a passenger.

For unknown reasons, the Ford pickup driven by Lewis crossed into the eastbound lanes, first striking the rear end of the Hyundai driven by Fauth. Lewis’ pickup then continued on, striking the Mustang driven by Tingle head-on.

Lewis was extricated from his vehicle and transported to the University of Louisville hospital with serious injuries. Tingle and Watts were removed from their vehicle and also transported to U of L, where they later were pronounced dead.

Fauth told the Standard at the scene that neither she nor her son was hurt.

Toxicology results are pending, and the accident is currently under investigation by the State Police by accident reconstructionist Brandon Brooks. No charges had been brought against anyone as of Saturday

Beer cans, some of them opened, were scattered across the highway where the crash occurred and especially around Lewis' truck.

According to the Standard's records, Tayseer L. Lewis, 34, was jailed earlier this month for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as other drug charges and traffic violations.

Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin did not handle the case because the deaths of the two women occurred in Jefferson County, and the Standard couldn’t get any information from the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and so could not confirm the identity of the persons involved until the press release by KSP just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Two medical helicopters landed at Flaget to transfer victims to Louisville hospitals.

There was a crowd of onlookers, as the accident happened during a peak traffic time for commuters.

Eudale Finn of Louisville, who saw the wreck happen from an upper-floor window at the hospital, said he couldn’t tell what caused the crash.

“It happened so fast,” he said.

The Bardstown Fire Department, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and Nelson County EMS and a chaplain were on the scene around 6:30, and Kentucky State Police arrived later.

The Kentucky Standard will update the story online at www.kystandard.com as more information becomes available.