10-year-old injured in wreck


By,  Ofc. Josh Brockman

Columbia Police Department

Chief, Jason Cross

Columbia Police Department investigated an injury collision on KY 55. The collision resulted in three people being transported to TJ health of Columbia and a child being airlifted to University of KY.


On Saturday at 8:43 p.m. Columbia Police Department officers Jordan Dean and Josh Brockman was dispatched to KY 55 north approximately 1 mile north of Columbia in response to a reported 2 vehicle collision.


Preliminary investigation shows that 48-year-old Freddy Rowe of Columbia with passenger, 10-year-old William Rowe was operating a 2006 Nissan SUV,  had stopped on KY 55 in what is now a newly in stalled passing lane to make a left hand turn into Keltner Rd.

John Courtwright, 18, of Taylor county, was traveling north on KY 55 in a 2001 Tacoma truck and entered the passing lane along with another unknown vehicle to pass slower traffic.  The unknown vehicle in front of Courtwright observed the vehicle operated by Rowe stopped in traffic to make a left turn and switched quickly back to right lane.


Courtwright states when the car moved over in front of him by the time he saw the stopped vehicle he was unable to stop and struck the vehicle.

John Courtwright ,  Freddy Rowe along with his son William Rowe were all treated on scene by Adair County EMS then transported to TJ Health of Columbia.


William Rowe was airlifted by PHI Airmedical to University of KY and as of this press release at 1 p.m. Sunday is undergoing surgery for extensive head injuries.


The collision under investigation by CPD  Ofc. Jordan Dean.

Note:  Due to the newly installed passing lanes on KY 55 and no turning lanes installed this forces drivers to sit on the passing lane to make their turns. Please keep this in mind and drive carefully.


Responding and assisting agencies were the Columbia Police Department, Kentucky State Police , Adair County Sheriff Department, Adair County EMS, Emergency Management director Mike Keltner, Constable Jason Rector and members of the Columbia Adair Fire Department .


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