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A Verona man was seriously injured when his 2004 Nissan pickup truck apparently hydroplaned after Monday’s pouring rain.
Robert “Shawn” Padgett, 39, had to be extricated from the pickup after the vehicle slid sideways into the guardrail before going airborne and possibly rolling over.
The accident occurred at 7 a.m. on Sept. 26 near the 148 mile marker at Corinth.
Corinth Fire Chief Lonnie Kuhn said it took firefighters about a half hour, using hydraulic tools, to free Padgett from the wreckage. He was transported by Rural Metro Ambulance to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.
Kuhn said one lane of Interstate-75 was closed while firefighters worked at the scene.
The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Mctavish McDonald.
Kuhn said Corinth firefighters responded to another accident in the area around 8 a.m. on Sept. 24 when Roger Durham, 65, of Owenton, had a wreck.
“We believe he had a heart attack and that was what caused him to wreck,” said Grant County Coroner Bob McDaniel.
The fatality wreck occurred on the southbound Corinth exit ramp.
Durham was pronounced dead at the scene by Grant County Deputy Coroner Lamar Fowler.
The vehicle contained a pet carrier with the family’s cat inside. The door to the carrier came open during the wreck and the family’s large gray cat escaped and is still missing. If anyone has found the cat, they should call the Grant County Animal Shelter at 859-824-9403.