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Numerous wrecks, fatality reported Monday

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By Staff

Treacherous roads from freezing rain Monday morning resulted in numerous accidents in Nelson County, including a fatality on Ky. 1066 near the Spencer County line around mile marker 5.

The victim of the fatal crash was William Douglas Cook, 37.

“He had just left home” when the crash occurred, Coroner Field Houghlin said after talking with the victim’s family.

Houghlin said Cook died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The time of death in the Kentucky State Police’s report is listed as 5:50 a.m.

Dispatch got the call at 6:09, a.m., and the coroner arrived about 6:45.

Trooper Jeff Gregory, a public information officer for the Kentucky State Police, said that Cook was traveling west on Ky. 1066 when he hit a patch of ice, causing the pickup truck he was driving to go into a ditch on the right side of the road, overturn and hit a tree. The victim died instantly, he said.

He was not wearing his seatbelt.

Cook’s 13-year-old son was with him in the truck.

About 20 or 30 seconds later, Gregory said, the victim’s wife, Brittany Cook, came along behind him in a van and also crashed her vehicle. Then a car that came behind her and collided with the pickup.

No one other than the deceased victim was seriously injured, Gregory said.

Gregory released the details of the accident just before 8 p.m. Monday.

First responders were busy with several other injury and non-injury accidents Monday.

Around 10 a.m., a receptionist at the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said there were no deputies at the station because they were out working car crashes. Many other accidents occurred throughout the day.

The series of collisions and poor road conditions had emergency personnel urging locals to avoid commuting when possible.

The conditions also led Nelson County Schools to close, its first closure of the winter season.

Bardstown City Schools remained open without delay Monday, but numerous other area school districts and private schools closed as well.

Some roadways were impacted more than others, and the Transportation Cabinet began warning motorists of potential travel conditions Sunday night, when fluctuating temperatures, freezing roadways and precipitation caused hazardous conditions.