Three people from Kentucky were killed Friday evening in crash on I-65 at mile marker 119 between the two Portland exits on the interstate approximately two miles from the Kentucky-Tennessee state border in Robertson County.
The crash took place around 7:30 p.m., according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary report, and involved two tractor trailer trucks and a 2015 Nissan Versa. The three passengers in the Nissan, all from Kentucky, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims were identified as Robin Denise Cofer, 53, of Bowling Green, Ky., Michael Ray Posey, 58, of Russellville, Ky., and Shirley Posey, 53, of Bowling Green, Ky. Cofer was the driver of the Nissan.
The Nissan Versa they were riding in was headed southbound in the left-hand lane on I-65 when it was rear-ended by a 1998 Volvo flatbed tractor trailer truck, driven by Anthony Joe Bright, 52, of Anniston, Ala. The impact from Bright’s vehicle caused Cofer’s vehicle to go across the median and into the northbound lane.
Once in the northbound lane, the Nissan was then hit by a second tractor trailer truck, a 2014 Volvo driven by David Lee Chapman, 59, of Radcliff, Ky. The two vehicles hit head-on in the left-hand lane on northbound side, causing both and the truck to eventually come to a stop in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes.
Traffic was blocked in both directions, as emergency crews arrived on the scene. The fatal accident shut down traffic on the interstate for several hours. The interstate was finally reopened around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
Chapman suffered minor injuries in the crash, while Bright was not injured.
No immediate charges were filed in the crash against any of the parties involved. However, the matter remains under investigation as the Tennessee Highway Patrol has yet to release a full investigative report.