TRIMARC advises drivers after deadly accident on the Sherman Minton

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 1:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- A woman was killed and her boyfriend was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being struck on the Sherman Minton Bridge Thursday night.

The woman in her 20's was refueling their Ford Explorer that had stalled on the right side of the bridge. It happened at about 7:30 around sunset when conditions were getting dark.

Westbound lanes of I-64 were shut down for hours. Police say the couple was standing outside of their SUV when they were hit by a man driving a Chevy Malibu. The driver was not charged or hurt.

The couple was stopped right before Exit 123 in New Albany. TRIMARC says this is an unfortunate lesson for all drivers never to get out of your car on a bridge.

They warn that if you have a flat tire on the highway, pull onto an emergency lane or continue to drive to the nearest exit and call for help. If you are stalled with no gas or other emergency, stay inside your vehicle, turn on your flashers and call 911. The main point is to stay clear of oncoming traffic and in your vehicle.

"Call the police and put on your flashers. They will be able to back you up with lights and help you out," said Daniel Woo with TRIMARC.

The man, in his 20's, is recovering at University Hospital. TRIMARC advises calling 911 instead of exiting your vehicle in an emergency situation and asking for instructions and help.

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