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Traffic on eastbound I-64 at the Simpsonville exit was shut down for an hour Wednesday afternoon and three women were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital after a car in the I-64 westbound lane crossed the median and struck their Chevy Tahoe.
Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said the driver of the Ford 500 that crossed the median said a commercial box truck in the lane next to him collided with his car, causing him to go off the road and cross the median.
Officers estimate the distance between the eastbound and westbound lanes is between 50 and 75 feet.
Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Murray said something apparently happened to make the driver of the box truck lose control and hit the Ford 500, which in turn then lost control and crossed the median, striking the Tahoe in the eastbound lane.
Murray said the Ford 500 was driven by Michael L. Richardson, 60, of Louisville. The commercial box truck was driven by Anthony Rodeback, 45, of Jonesborough, Tenn., Murray said, and Shannon Strange, 51, of Winchester, was the driver of the Chevy Tahoe.
Strange, along with two female passengers, Angela Taulbee, 48, also of Winchester and Linda Ballard, 44, of Mt. Sterling, had to be cut out of the Tahoe which had flipped and landed on its side after being struck in the right rear driver's side, Murray said.
All three women were seriously injured, Rice said. Taulbee apparently sustained the worst injuries and was stat-flighted to University of Louisville.
The Simpsonville Fire Department and Shelby County EMS cut the women from the Tahoe, and EMS drivers transported the other two women to University Hospital by ambulance.
Alcohol or drugs are not suspected as playing a role in the accident, Murray said, and no charges are pending against any of the drivers involved.