Wrong way drivers not uncommon in Danville

Published 8:22 am Friday, May 26, 2017

A driver going the wrong way caused a two-vehicle crash on the U.S. 127 bypass about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, near the intersection with Denmark Drive, but no one was seriously injured.

According to the Danville Police Department, April Howard, 37 of Crab Orchard, made a left-hand turn from the Skywatch Drive Connector onto U.S. 127, heading east in the westbound lane. She was driving a 1998 Chevy pickup and had two children with her.

Howard collided head on with a 1998 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Jodie L. Egner, 24, of Harrodsburg.

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Danville Police Chief Police Tony Gray said it’s not uncommon for these types of accidents to occur.

“I’m not going to say often, but it’s happened a few that people will put out and won’t go all the way across,” he said.

Gray said it will happen once or twice a year in that area because individuals confuse Skywatch Drive with U.S. 127, thinking that it’s the same road. He said it happens a little more often near the intersection with Man O War Drive.

“We’ll get a call every now and then, someone is heading to Harrodsburg in the wrong lane,” Gray said.

Typically, he said, the accidents occur among older individuals.

The most common places for accidents of this nature, Gray said, are in the downtown area, where there are a lot of one-way roads.

“It’s about once a week,” he said.

The accidents rarely result in serious injuries in those situations, as was the case in Tuesday’s crash. Egner, Howard, and the two children in Howard’s truck, were treated by the Boyle County EMS before being transported to the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released, according to officials.

Both vehicles were towed. Howard was cited for no insurance and an expired registration plate.

Danville Police Department and Danville Fire Department were also on scene.