A Richmond police officer was admitted Saturday morning to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center after the cruiser he was driving collided with a Richmond fire truck on southbound Interstate 75.

Senior Patrolman Stephen Parker, 41, suffered no serious injuries, but remained hospitalized overnight for observation, said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

The Richmond police and fire departments were dispatched to an injury accident near the 88-mile marker on I-75 about 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

A tractor-trailer reportedly struck a vehicle while driving along the interstate and did not stop, Brock said.

“The first officer who responded stopped with the accident,” Brock said. “The second officer who arrived continued on southbound to see if he could locate the tractor-trailer. At that same time, a Richmond fire unit was arriving to assist in the (first) accident.”

The fire truck was trying to move to the left side of the interstate to assist with the injury when the collision occurred, he said.

“The right front of the police cruiser collided with the left rear of the fire truck,” he said.

As a result, the cruiser scraped alongside a concrete barrier until Parker eventually was pinned inside the vehicle.

The top of the cruiser had to be removed so Parker could be extricated as safely as possible, Brock said.

Parker received X-rays at the hospital and did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries, he said.

No one from the Richmond Fire Department was injured, said city Fire Chief Gerald Tatum.

Traffic near the 88-mile marker was reduced to one lane for a short period of time.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the attempt to locate the driver of the tractor-trailer, who eventually was pulled over in Berea, Brock said.

Luke C. Burrell of Hendersonville, N.C., was not arrested or charged.

“The driver apparently was not aware of the collision,” he said. “He was not even aware that he had hit anything.”

The Kentucky State Police continues to investigate the accident.

“Two city departments were involved and there was an injury to one of the officers, so we thought it would be better to have an independent agency to handle the report.”


 Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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