Waddy woman dies of injuries from crash

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Interstate wreck happened last week

By Lisa King

A Waddy woman has died of injuries she sustained in a crash last week on Interstate 64.

Ida Mae Durr, 69, died Tuesday at the University of Louisville, where she was taken after she and her husband, Thomas Durr, were involved in a single-vehicle accident on the afternoon of Dec. 4.

Thomas Durr remains in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit at U of L.

According to police, the couple was traveling east on at the 37-mile marker when Thomas Durr lost consciousness at the wheel. The pickup truck ran off the road from the slow lane and went into a ditch line, where it struck a water culvert, causing it to become airborne.

The accident report says the truck overturned multiple times before coming to rest upright. Thomas Durr, 83, was partially ejected out of the rear window of the truck.

The truck traveled more than 200 feet from the time it left the roadway until coming to final rest.

Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said both of the Durrs had to be cut out of the truck by fire fighters using the “Jaws of Life.”

Ida Mae Durr was transported to the University of Louisville by Shelby County EMS, and Thomas  Durr was airlifted to the hospital by helicopter.

She was taken to the coronary care unit, but no cause of death has been released.

The interstate was shut down in the eastbound lane for several hours, causing a severe traffic-tie up.

Mrs. Durr was a Louisville native and a member of Waddy Baptist Church. She was a retired daycare worker and a member of the Country Place Jamboree and the Black Bear Camping Club.

Services for Mrs. Durr will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home on Preston Highway in Louisville.

She will be buried at Resthaven Memorial Park.