I-64 accidents hinder traffic east of Birdseye exit

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

SIBERIA — Two separate accidents on I-64 east of the Birdseye exit hindered traffic for a time Sunday evening.

Full details have yet to emerge but the initial accident, at about 5:30 p.m. CDT at the 74.5-mile marker, involved a westbound Chevrolet Blazer carrying three occupants from Louisville, according to St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Tom Kloeck.

Kloeck said the Blazer ran off the interstate for an unknown reason, flipped and caught fire in the median. All three occupants safely exited the SUV and declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance.

Then, at 5:51 p.m. CDT, while traffic was slowed or stopping at the scene, an eastbound Nissan Sentra driven by Robert Forsten of Louisville failed to slow for traffic.

Forsten’s Nissan struck a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner driven by Adelye Seng, 24, of 4114 W. 300N, Jasper, sending it into the passenger door of an older-model Chevrolet Lumina driven by a Henderson, Ky., motorist, according to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

All three drivers were OK, but a female passenger in Forsten’s Nissan was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by a LifeFlight helicopter for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released, according to police.

The second accident shut down eastbound traffic for about 90 minutes, according to authorities.

A Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance was called to the scene, as were first responders with the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department.

The St. Meinrad fire department remained at the location with four trucks and 18 firefighters for two hours. The Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department from western Perry County also assisted, bringing three trucks to the scene.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.