Head-on collision causes traffic congestion

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Hwy. 55 sees major delays

By Jesse Osbourne

A head-on collision near the Lebanon-Springfield Airport sent three people to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.


According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Trooper Justin Phillips is investigating the collision that occurred at 3:50pm on Hwy. 55 at the Marion/Washington County line. 

Sixty-three-year-old Judith Filiatreau, of Springfield, was traveling north on Hwy. 55 in a 1991 Oldsmobile when she crossed the center line and struck a southbound 1995 Chevy truck, operated by 56-year-old William R. Bishop of Campbellsville.

According to the release, Filiatreau then re-entered the northbound lane, striking a 1998 Cavalier operated by 76-year-old Una F. Cooley of Lebanon. Cooley and a passenger in her vehicle, 38-year-old Caroline S. Mann of Lebanon, were both treated and released at Spring View Hosptial. Bishop was not injured.

The release also stated Filiatreau was also treated at Spring View Hospital and cited to court for driving under the influence.

According to state police, all persons involved were wearing seatbelts. Trooper Phillips was assisted at the scene by Trooper Fred Cornett, Marion and Washington County EMS, sheriff’s departments, rescue squads and the Lebanon and Springfield Fire Department.

Traffic on Hwy. 55 was backed up in both directions. According to emergency personnel, the road re-opened at 5 p.m.