Trooper In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Truck, Thrown Over Bridge

Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 13:02:10-04

HENRY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)- A state trooper is in critical condition after falling 30-feet from a bridge after being struck by a vehicle. 

Just prior to 7:30 a.m. Kentucky State Trooper Mickey Gonterman responded to a call of dogs in the roadway at the 30-mile marker on I-71 South.  Trooper Gonterman and the caller were walking along the right-hand shoulder of a bridge when a vehicle that had moved into the left lane rapidly decelerated.  A box truck and a tractor-trailer that were also in the left lane moved into the right lane to avoid contact with the passenger car. 

The tractor-trailer then struck the box truck in the rear causing the box truck to “jackknife” across both lanes of traffic and overturn on the bridge.  The caller and Trooper Gonterman were struck by the trailer of the box truck, pinning the caller, and causing Trooper Gonterman to fall approximately 30 feet from the bridge.

The man who called 911 was killed.

Trooper Gonterman was flown to UofL Hospital.  The driver of the box truck was transported to Baptist Health Hospital in LaGrange for non-life threatening injuries