WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu May 22, 2014
Parkway Re-Opened After Plane Crash Injures 2 On Board
Update 4:50 p.m.
Transportation Officials say all lanes of the Pennyrile Parkway have re-opened after a small plane crashed on the of the road Thursday afternoon. Two people aboard the plane were injured.
Twenty-year-old Benjamin Creed was treated at the scene, his father, 58-year-old Mike Creed was flown to a Nashville hospital. The Associated Press reports he is in serious condition.
Captain Chris Miller with the Christian County Sheriff's office says the plane attempted to make an emergency landing after taking off from the nearby Hopkinsville Airport.
“The plane had recently taken off from the local airport,” said Miller. “At some point it reached altitude, flight altitude, and then began to lose altitude. So the pilot made the decision to turn around and head back toward the airport. At some point during that journey, decided they weren’t going to make it back to the airport and decided to attempt and emergency landing on the parkway”
The plane crashed into the guardrail.
A single engine plane crash near the Hopkinsville Airport has led to the closure the northbound lanes of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the closure is between mile markers 7 and 8. Officials say the closure is expected to last four hours.
They say the southbound lanes aren’t affected now, but likely will be as the investigation continues. There’s no word on the condition of the person or persons aboard the plane.