Second fatal crash on Dixie Hwy. in less than a week


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 29 at 9:37 AM

   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An accident along Dixie Highway in Pleasure Ridge Park claimed the life of a driver of a pickup. Two others involved were taken to University Hospital for their injuries. It is the second fatal accident along this stretch of highway in less than a week.

While the cause of this crash is under investigation, residents are asking why this stretch has been the scene of so many fatal accidents. For residents like Ray Redman it's become an all too familiar scene and it has given the highway the nickname "Dixie Die-way."

"They run along 50, 60 mph in front of our lot here and you know they just don’t slow down," Redman said.

This one happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning when a driver of a white Ford Fusion heading northbound on Dixie swerved into the southbound lanes and struck a red pickup truck.

Redman said he saw it happen. 

"I heard the crash. I didn't hear no tire noise, nothing like that," he said.

The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene; police said it's a man in his 80's. A passenger in the pickup was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Last week, two people were killed in an accident blamed on speed. Witnesses said a green car was speeding down Dixie when it left the road, hit a light pole and a fire hydrant. The vehicle kept going and hit another light pole, which sawed the car in half.

For folks that live along Dixie it’s a scene they said they think is getting worse.

"There's traffic coming in and out of everywhere and no one really looks at where they are going ‘cause everyone thinks this is a raceway," resident Seth Tuttle said.

Some said they blame speed, others said high traffic.