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2 accidents, 1 serious injury

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Sustains serious injuries; fire truck badly damaged

By Lisa King

Two different accidents – one after a high-speed police chase – at the same location early Saturday morning have left one Shelby County man in critical condition and a Shelby County fire truck heavily damaged, Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said.

Casey McCall of Simpsonville was airlifted to the University of Louisville, where he remains in critical condition after his vehicle struck a fire truck on La Grange Road.

The fire truck was at the scene of a previous accident that had occurred at about 1 a.m., in which Jesus Rodriquez of Taylorsville had fled from Kentucky State Police troopers.

A 10-mile pursuit ensued on La Grange Road before Rodriquez’s vehicle ran off the road in a curve and he was ejected from his vehicle.

He was transported to U of L with non life-threatening injuries.

A report from KSP said alcohol was a factor in the crash and that criminal charges are pending against Rodriquez.

While emergency personnel were still at the scene, McCall, who was traveling south on La Grange Road, struck a fire truck parked there.

McCall had a lacerated liver and a collapsed lung, and he was considered to be out of danger.

A report from KSP said that alcohol is suspected to be a factor in that collision as well.

No firefighters were injured, but fire truck was damaged heavily. "It is not drivable," Cowherd said.

He added that he does not know what will happen with the truck until after he meets with insurance adjustors.

"We've never had this happen before," he said. "The truck is an older one. It's an '84 model, so we don't know what we will have to do about it."

Cowherd said that while that truck is out of commission, he will call upon the Simpsonville Fire Department or the Ballardsville Fire Department in Oldham County for mutual aid.