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Six injured when truck rolls over knob

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Nine people involved in accident near Howardstown

By Randy Patrick

Updated Monday, July 17, 6 p.m. — Five juveniles and one adult were injured late Saturday night when a truck rolled over a hill on Howardstown Road near Marion and LaRue counties.

In all, nine people were involved in the incident. Three adults were not hurt.

Three medical helicopters, ambulances from three agencies and first responders from several fire and rescue services and law enforcement agencies helped with the rescue.

All of the patients were transported in stable condition and were taken to area hospitals.

Emergency personnel were on the scene for nearly four hours.

“We had 47 emergency service personnel on the scene,” Sgt. Mike Clark of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon while working on the incident report. “It was a huge effort.”

Clark said he and all four deputies under his command that night were involved in the rescue rather than investigating the accident, but there was no evidence anyone did anything wrong.

“It was an unfortunate accident,” he said.

Nelson County Dispatch received a report at 10:54 p.m. that a truck had gone over an embankment.

Clark said the family had gone to the top of the knob to release some lighted memorial lanterns into the night sky.

It appears the truck either wasn’t in gear or had slipped out of gear, and rolled over the mountainside, coming to rest about a fourth to a third of the way down, Clark said.

The owner of the pickup, Aaron Miller of Louisville, and his cousin, Kathy Rosenfelt, were already out of the cab when it started rolling, and Rosenfelt’s adult son, Mike Rosenfelt of Louisville, jumped out, but a child remained inside the cab. Four other juveniles and fourth adult, Justin Miller of Bullitt County, were in the bed of the truck when it rolled over.

Clark would not release the names of the juveniles, but he gave their ages and genders.

Two 10-year-old boys and an 11-year-old boy were flown by helicopters to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, where they remained Sunday night. Another 11-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, where he was treated and released. A 15-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Hardin Memorial in Elizabethtown and was treated and released. The fourth adult, Justin Miller was transferred to University of Louisville Hospital, and was still there Sunday night, but was expected to be released Monday.

The Rolling Fork, New Haven and Raywick fire departments, the Marion County Rescue Squad, EMS services from Nelson, Marion and LaRue counties, Air Methods, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and New Haven Police Department all responded.

“It was as good a mutual effort as I’ve seen,” said Karl Lusk, a spokesman for the Rolling Fork Fire Department.

“It could have been a lot worse” if the truck had rolled farther down the knob, he said.

Clark said rescuers had to use Stokes baskets and 350 feet of rope to get the injured persons down the side to a field, where they were transported to waiting ambulances and helicopters.

Rescuers finally cleared the scene around 2:30 a.m.