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Head-on collision kills one, injures family of five

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By Robin Bass

A fatal car crash on Taylorsville Road Friday shut down traffic in the area for hours as emergency personnel tended to survivors and police pieced together what had happened.

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Kentucky State Police reported that Demond E. Board, of Shelbyville, was traveling north on Taylorsville Road (KY 55/155) when the 2005 Malibu he was driving crossed the center lane and struck a Suburban, driven by Gerry R. Boston, of Louisville head-on. Witnesses stated that the impact was so violent that the SUV went airborne before coming to rest on its passenger side. Jack-knifed underneath the Suburban was a trailer and Jet-ski. The Malibu came to rest facing south in the passing lane.

Board, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene by Spencer County Coroner Danny Hilbert. The cause of death was determined to be the result of multiple blunt force trauma and head injuries. KSP reported that Board was not wearing his seat belt at the time of impact.

Neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected as a factor in the crash although toxicology results are not yet completed, Hilbert said.

He added that although it is not known why Board crossed the centerline, he said he thinks it was just an error in driver judgment.

“I think he probably just overcorrected when he was trying to switch lanes,” he said.

Boston, 46, and his wife, Tammy M. Boston, 45, were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Their children, ages 12, 10, and 4 were taken by ambulance to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

“The kids, thank God, were in their car seats,” said Deputy Kyle Bennett, of the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department. Bennett said the children were alert and suffered minor cuts.

Bennett said that he did not believe excessive speed was a factor in the collision.

KSP reported that Gerry and Tammy Boston were both wearing their safety belts at the time of the collision. The extent of their injuries is unknown, but on Monday the Bostons were listed in fair condition at U of L. The names and conditions of the children are not known because they are juveniles.

Spencer County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said that firefighters had to extricate the occupants of both vehicles.

“The extrications took only about 20 minutes, but the road was shut down for about three hours,” he said.

Motorists were re-routed by police to use either Yoder Tipton Road or Elk Creek Road to by-pass the accident, which occurred at 12:48 p.m.

The accident is still under investigation by KSP.

Lisa King, of Landmark News Service, contributed to this story.