Their vehicle was struck in the passenger side door as Mr. Kruger attempted a left turn off U. S. Highway 68 onto Lakota Drive, according to a report from KSP Trooper Billy Over, who investigated the accident.
The trooper said the Kruger’s pickup was struck by a 1999 Ford truck traveling west on the bypass and driven by Willard Gilstrap of Horse Branch, Kentucky. Over said his investigation showed that Gilstrap did not have a chance to avoid the collision.
It took members from the Trigg County Rescue squad to extricate both of the Kruger’s from their vehicle. Mrs. Kruger was transported by Trigg County EMS to the Trigg County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
An Air Evac helicopter was called to the scene and traffic along the bypass was stopped while it landed in the roadway. Medical personnel from Trigg County helped stabilize Mr. Kruger before he was flown to Vanderbilt directly from the scene.
Gilstrap was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Over was assisted at the scene by KSP accident reconstrtuctionist TFC Christ Anderson, Trigg County Sheriff’s Department, Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County EMS, Trigg County Rescue Squad, Cadiz Fire Department and Air Evac.
No charges have been filed, but Over said the accident is still under investigation.