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Victim of fatal accident identified

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Louisville woman dies after Saturday crash

A Louisville woman was killed Saturday after a collision at the intersection of Templin Avenue and New Shepherdsville Road (Ky. 245).

According to the Bardstown Police Department, Nelson County EMS, police and firefighters responded to the report of a two-vehicle accident with entrapment and a vehicle on fire at the intersection around 4 p.m. Saturday.

According to Officer Tom Blair, Mary E. Huddleston, 65, of Louisville, was driving a 1997 Toyota Camry when she rear-ended a 2014 Ford Escape driven by Andrea C. George, 33, of Lebanon. George was stopped at the traffic light coming south toward Bardstown.

Huddleston’s car caught fire from the impact, and an off-duty firefighter at the scene extinguished the blaze. Huddleston was not injured by the fire, but was unconscious when emergency crews arrived and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Bardstown firefighters.

She was taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital by Nelson County EMS, where she was pronounced dead at around 5 p.m. 

George suffered back and neck injuries from the accident. 

New Haven Police Officer K.C. Holbert led the accident reconstruction on Sunday.

No skid marks were found on the roadway, where the speed limit is 55 mph. According to Blair, the coroner’s investigation is working to determine if a medical issue contributed to the cause of the accident. 

After posting about the accident on its Facebook page, Bardstown police received reports of motorists driving recklessly near that intersection. 

“This is sad, as yet another accident on this stretch of highway has claimed a life,” Police Chief Rick McCubbin posted in an update, stating that efforts had been made to add traffic lights along the roadway — which includes a school zone — to break up the traffic flow, but to no avail.  

The tragedy is the most recent of numerous accidents that have occurred near the intersection over the past few years. In November, a Bardstown man was rear-ended by a box truck while stopped at the intersection and was paralyzed from the accident. 

In 2000, 16-year-old Amanda Wilkerson was killed at the intersection on the way to a high school dance.

The car in which Wilkerson was a passenger was turning left from Ky. 245 onto Templin when it entered the path of another car, according to a report from Kentucky State Police. Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Aside from the Ky. 245-Templin intersection, many other serious and deadly accidents have occurred along 245 in recent years. 

“That is a dangerous stretch of roadway along 245, because as you are aware, when you exit I-65 for 16 miles straight it is wide open and the only traffic light is there at Hwy 245 and Templin,” McCubbin posted. “BPD continues to write ticket after ticket, and though we will continue to do so, it is sadly not making an impact. We will continue to enforce not only the school zone, but the speed limit overall.”

Some community members are calling for increased police presence, and either more traffic lights or extra steps to warn motorists of the intersection, while others say drivers need to be more cautious.