As Hopkins County Sheriffs Deputies continue investigating the wreck that killed two people just outside Madisonville, the lone survivor, still recovering in an Evansville hospital.
Charles Moore of Earlington and Jeff Oldham of Dawson Springs died in the crash Wednesday afternoon.
Hopkins County Sheriffs deputies say while the accident on Highway 41A claimed the lives of two people, a car seat was a major factor in the child staying alive.
“It was not minor by any means,” says Major Will Coursey of the Hopkins Co. Sheriff’s Office.
He says the girl was in a car seat in the passenger side of Oldham’s truck when the wreck happened near Preston Bunch Road. She was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital. Authorities haven’t released the name of the child. Coursey says the car seat was important in her survival
“Seat belts and car seats are so important,” he says. “People today still choose not to wear them today for some reason. Any time you’re involved in any kind of collision and you have small children in the car, they’ve got to be in car seats for their protection.”
Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield says Oldham and Moore died of multiple blunt force trauma. Toxicology tests could be done in four to six weeks. Coursey says the intersection hasn’t seen many fatal accidents, but adds they’re seeing more accidents throughout the county because of higher volume of traffic.
“I think that has to do with I-69 has increased our traffic accidents and the severity of our traffic accidents,” he says. “We have more people traveling through the area at a high rate of speed. That has increased. “
Family members told sheriffs deputies that the child could be leaving the hospital in the next few days.