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Sunday collision claims lives of three young men

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By Staff

Three young Bardstown men were killed and a fourth was injured in head-on collision on Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) Sunday morning.

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Late in the afternoon, Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin confirmed the identity of the three deceased: Tyler Foster, 25; Keaton Hall, 24; and Jordan Hickman, 24.

According to a press release from Sgt. Kaelen Matthews of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, at 7:12 a.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a collision with one person ejected and two trapped inside. The crash happened between Fairfield Road (Ky. 509) and Wolfe Creek Bridge.

An accident reconstruction team was on the scene most of the day, and traffic was being rerouted along Old Louisville Road.

The Kentucky State Police is the investigating agency.

According to the KSP report sent out around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Hickman was driving south of Louisville Road, and Foster and Hall were passengers in his 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. It isn’t known why the car crossed the centerline, striking a 1996 Dodge pickup truck driven by Brian Waldridge, 20, also of Bardstown, who was traveling north.

All three occupants of Hickman’s vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene, and Waldridge was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital in serious condition.

On Monday morning, the hospital listed Waldridge’s condition as stable.

Capt. Paul Vance of Nelson County Fire and Rescue said firefighters were on their way to the accident within two minutes of getting the call and arrived on the scene a few minutes later.

It isn’t known when the accident actually occurred, he said.

Vance said firefighters and paramedics extricated Waldridge, who was conscious, from the vehicle.

The captain said he thinks speed was probably a factor because the stretch of road is so wide and straight.

“I feel for the families. My children knew them and went to school with them,” said Vance. “It’s a devastating thing to happen the week before Christmas. It was a sad, sad event.”

David Clark, the athletics director at Bardstown High School, coached Hall and Hickman in football at the school.

“I’m really at a loss for words,” Clark, who was out of town, said Monday morning. “They were two really good kids. They had a bright future ahead of them, and it’s a tragic loss.”

Foster attended Nelson County High School, where he played basketball. Bill Broaddus, the athletics director, is a friend of the family, from Bloomfield, and knew Tyler well.

“He was an A-1 individual,” Broaddus said. “He took care of his studies, and he practiced hard and played hard in basketball. He was a good all-around kid.”

Hickman, the son of Gary and Terrie Hickman of Bardstown, was a member of the men’s basketball team at the Indiana Institute of Technology in Valparaiso, where he graduated with a degree in business administration. A guard, he was an integral part of the 2011-12 NAIA National Tournament team and earned numerous accolades for the Warriors during his junior season.

“He was one of those guys every coach dreams about coaching, head coach John Peckinpaugh said. “The Indiana Tech basketball program is heartbroken with the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The school issued the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jordan Hickman. Jordan was a beloved member of the Indiana Tech men’s basketball team and the university. He was a great person and teammate and will be missed by everyone at Indiana Tech.”

Hall, son of Bryan Kenneth and Marlene Russell Hall of Bardstown, was a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a degree in agricultural economics, and was employed by EH Construction.

Foster, son of Dale and Lila Anderson Foster of Bardstown, was attending the University of Kentucky while completing an internship at General Electric, and was also an active member of the Kentucky Air National Guard.

Funeral services for the three friends will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Parkway Baptist Church, according to Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.