Register Staff Report
MADISON COUNTY —
A young Richmond woman and a Louisville man died Sunday night after a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 75 just north of Richmond.
Kentucky State Police say the initial collision that started the deadly chain of events was caused by an Indiana man who is now in the Madison County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated drunken driving.
Meredith L. Buscher, 22, died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the release stated.
Jeffrey R. Campbell, 30, of Louisville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison County coroner.
A Fort Thomas man, Clifford H. Steinhauer, 41, was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.
A white 1999 Ford Explorer, operated by Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., was traveling north on I-75 near the 91.5 mile marker at 7:29 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, causing him to collide with a guardrail and other vehicles, before overturning and partially blocking the interstate’s left lane.
In addition to the drunken driving charge, Mangan also is charged with driving on a suspended license.
Buscher and Campbell got out of their vehicles after the first accident and were struck by another vehicle, said Madison County Deputy Coroner Carlos Coyle.
Traffic on the interstate was restricted for hours in both directions.
Snow began to fall after the accident, further complicating investigation of the confusing scene and slowing traffic. However, weather did not appear to be a factor in the accident, the deputy coroner said.
Buscher graduated from Madison Central High School in 2009 and from the University of Kentucky in 2013.
She was living in Lexington and came to Richmond on Sunday for a friend’s birthday celebration, according to Coyle.
Her funeral will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Richmond. Visitation will begin 5 p.m. Friday at the church. Oldham Roberts and Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Jack Hedges of the KSP accident reconstruction team. He was assisted at the scene by KSP Post 7 personnel, the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the Madison County Coroner, Richmond Fire Department, Madison County Fire Department and Madison County EMS.