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Simpsonville man dies in head-on crash

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By Lisa King

A two-vehicle collision on the overpass at I-64 and Ky. 55 late Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of a Simpsonville man and left his wife and another woman in serious condition.

Joseph Wilson, 68, of Veechdale Road in Simpsonville, was pronounced death at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he and his wife, Sarah, were airlifted after the crash.

Beatrice Centers, 59, of Taylorsville, was transported by ambulance, according to Jason Rice, a detective with the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

Rice said the accident occurred as Centers was traveling in the southbound lane of Ky. 55. He added that for reasons unknown at this time, Centers lost control of her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and hit the guardrail just prior to the bridge on the overpass. The impact caused her vehicle to run off the road on the west side. The impact caused her car to strike a 1999 Ford Taurus in the northbound lane occupied by the the couple, with Joseph Wilson at the wheel.

Rice said that though he doesn't know why Centers lost control of her car, alcohol or drug involvement is not suspected.

Everyone was wearing seatbelts.

Rice said that a portion of I-64, as well as Ky. 55, was shut down for about two hours.

Arrangements for Mr. Wilson are pending at Rattermans Funeral Home on Bardstown Road in Louisville.