Authorities say there were two fatalities and and six injuries in a Monday morning accident on the William Natcher Parkway.
It's expected over a busy holiday weekend with more cars on the roadway, but authorities call the accident avoidable.
The preliminary investigation reveals that a man named Lian Awi, 33, was driving northbound on the road around seven Monday morning. Around the 44 mile-marker, for an unknown reason, Awi ran off the right shoulder and attempted to regain control but over-corrected his vehicle.
His 2007 Honda Pilot slid across both northbound lanes and off into the median where it overturned. Two of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle. 22-year-old Biak Sang and 33-year-old Thawng Cung, both from Owensboro, were pronounced dead on scene by the Ohio County Corner's Office. Troopers say they were not wearing their seatbelts.
Awi and Kham Thang, 20, were transported via ambulance to Ohio County Hospital for treatment.
Air Evac of Bardstown transported Nai Htaik, 21, to University of Louisville Hospital.
Vanderbilt Life Flight of Nashville and Air Methods of Elizabethtown transported Saw S. Way, 26, and Taul S. Tau, 29, to St. Mary's in Evansville.
PHI of Paducah transported Maung M. Htay, 41, to Vanderbilt in Nashville.
All the people involved in this collision are from Burma and do not speak English.
Lian Awi was arrested and lodged in the Ohio County Detention Center in Hartford. He has been charged with two counts of Manslaughter 1st degree; four counts of Assault 1st degree and Driving Under the Influence 1st offense.
There was a second crash on southbound Natcher Pkwy. This one is at the 51 mile point, just north of the KY 69 Hartford exit. It was a result of traffic caused by the first crash.
"I think at least with this second wreck we had here was directly related to fatigued driving," Kind said.
Dave Mullins was stopped in traffic at the 50 mile-marker waiting to be redirected onto KY 69.
Stephen Bair was also on the William Natcher Parkway, traveling southbound in his 2009 Toyota Prius. Bair stated he fell asleep while driving and struck the rear of Mullins 2005 Chevrolet Malibu.
Mullins vehicle then slid into and struck Hartford Police Officer Chris Shephard. Shephard was thrown into the median after impact. Shephard had to be taken to the hospital with what we're told is a minor back injury.
"We're hopeful he doesn't have any broken bones. It could have been a lot worse," said Hartford Police Chief Leroy Embry.
Embry says Officer Chris Shephard is ok, but is always concerned when having officers out on highways.
"That's why when anyone is driving and see any colored lights, blue, red, yellow, they need to pay attention and the foot needs to come off the accelerator," Embry said.
Both crash sites are reported as cleared and all lanes are open.
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