Styline Logistics rig crashes along Natcher Parkway

Photos courtesy Butler County EMA

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

MORGANTOWN, Kentucky — The driver of an OFS Brands Styline Logistics rig escaped a violent crash Wednesday afternoon along Kentucky’s Natcher Parkway with bumps, bruises and minor burns.

Tim Mercer, 57, Boonville, was southbound in a Styline Logistics rig when the accident occurred at 2:50 p.m. near the Natcher Parkway’s 31-mile marker, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department said a tire-and-rim assembly came off a northbound semi trailer and struck Mercer’s southbound rig. The tire-and-rim assembly wedged under Mercer’s cab, taking away all steering.

The Styline Logistics rig ran off the parkway, through the median, across the northbound lanes and down a ravine, stopping after crashing into trees.

Family members said it took two hours to extricate Mercer but the trucker escaped with no broken bones. He reportedly suffered scrapes and second-degree burns. At last report, he was home after spending a night in the hospital.

It took seven hours to clear the scene and the Kentucky parkway’s northbound lanes were closed from Morgantown to Cromwell.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by Butler County Emergency Management Agency, Butler County Ambulance Service, Butler County Rescue, the Morgantown Fire Department, the Rochester Fire Department, Kentucky State Police and that area’s Fourth District and Fifth District fire departments.

More photos from the crash are below.




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