Driver in fair condition after 2 semis overturn on Gene Snyder at Brownsboro Rd.


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 18 at 11:25 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A truck driver is in fair condition after strong winds blew his tractor trailer onto its side on I-265 south near Brownsboro road on Tuesday afternoon.

Car Salesman, Steven Bragg, witnessed the accident.

“I mean it was unreal. It was just like a gust, I guess you can say, but it just came across because the fences were down and there was debris in the road,” Bragg said.

Bragg and his co-worker rushed to help the driver trapped inside the cabin. Bragg said he used a hammer to break the sunroof window and that’s when a by-standing nurse jumped into action.

“The lady nurse climbed right in there and was holding the guy’s head. His head was bleeding,” Bragg said.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down just south of the accident location near Brownsboro road and the Watterson Tuesday afternoon.

Bragg’s boss, AC Cardwell, General Manager of Craig and Landreth Cars, called him after watching severe weather coverage on WHAS11.

“He was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ and I was like, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘A tractor trailer just blew right in front of us,’” Cardwell said.

After the crash, the driver could barely respond. According to Bragg, the man said three words. His name, Steven Brown and the year he was born, 1952.

“It was just so weird to see something like that. A human laying there, helpless almost,” Bragg said.