Victim identified in Clark Memorial Bridge accident


by Amy Stallings, Brooke Hasch and Karma Dickerson

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 8:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The woman killed in the fatal accident on the Clark Memorial Bridge around 7:45 a.m. on Thursday has been identified.

Ryann M. Tewell, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries.

The bridge was shut down in both directions for several hours while police reconstructed the scene.

Police said a concrete truck was heading westbound on Main Street and made a right turn onto Second Street at the entrance of the bridge when the truck hit Tewell.

Tewell was walking to Humana, where she worked, when the accident happened.

Photos from the scene

Officials said Tewell was dragged for several hundred yards before the driver stopped.

"He didn't realize he'd struck her. He was flagged down by some other witnesses that saw it going on. He did stop. It doesn't appear he was trying to leave the scene. It's just a very unfortunate accident here," Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesman said.

The truck involved is owned by Advance Ready Mix

It's unknown just how this happened, but Joee Conroy, who works feet away from the site, said the intersection has been problematic for some time for both motorists and pedestrians.

"Just getting to this area is an issue for them. Making this curve is an issue for them," Conroy said.

Conroy said trucks often have trouble making this sharp right turn and then are faced with low visibility.


Humana released this statement:

“All of us at Humana are deeply saddened by the tragic accident this morning, in which our colleague Ryann Tewell died. Ryann was relatively new to Humana, having joined the company in April of this year. But in that short time, she had already made a positive impact on her new friends and other co-workers at Humana. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryann’s family, her friends, and everyone whose life Ryann touched.”


Advance Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. released this statement:

"This was a tragic accident and our condolences go out to the family members and friends of the victim. We are working with police and conducting our own investigation to determine how this unfortunate accident occurred and any measures we may take to prevent a similar incident. The driver involved has a commercial driver's license and has been with the company for nearly a decade with no previous accidents on the job. He cooperated immediately with police answering questions and submitting to every test requested. He will be on indefinite leave from his job. Safety is our top concern which is yet another reason why this incident is so tragic and concerning to us."


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