On Friday, August 31, 2018 Columbia Police investigated a 5-vehicle collision resulting in multiple people being transported to the hospital for treatment.
Preliminary investigation by CPD Sgt Jr. Murphy shows that a 2003 F-250 pulling a trailer was traveling North on the Columbia Bypass. The operator, Blake Milby of Mount Sherman, KY experienced trailer brake failure as he was approaching the intersection and was unable to bring his vehicle and trailer to a stop. The F250 struck a 2007 Ford Edge traveling north being operated by Monica Janes of Columbia, KY. The impact propelled the Janes vehicle into the intersection where it struck a 3rd vehicle (a 2008 Chevy Malibu) traveling south operated by 61 year old Beverly Burress of Elkorn, KY, with the Janes vehicle overturning. The F-250 (being operated by Blake Milby) continued on and struck a 4th vehicle, a 2005 Ford F-250 with a boat in tow that was traveling south, being operated by 45-year-old Stuart Secuskie of Louisville, KY. Secuskie's vehicle then struck a 5th vehicle (a 2017 Nissan Altima) that was traveling south, being driven by 26-year-old Rebecca Redmond of Columbia, KY.
The operators of Units 1, 2 & 3 (Blake Milby, Monica Janes & Beverly Burress) were treated at the scene by Adair EMS before being transported to TJ Health Columbia for further treatment. Monica Janes had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department before transport.
The investigation is ongoing by Sgt. Murphy and the Columbia Police Department. Adair County EMS, the Columbia-Adair County Fire Department and the Adair County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.