On Saturday at 5:20 p.m.units from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office along with fire and EMA responded to the area of the 68 mile marker on the Natcher Parkway in reference to multiple calls of a single vehicle accident with possible injuries involving a tractor trailer, which was overturned in the southbound lanes.
Upon arrival, units confirmed the truck and trailer, which was loaded with frozen chicken, was blocking both lanes as well as the shoulder of the southbound Natcher Parkway. The driver of the semi, 66-year-old Gayland Ainsworth of Eros, Louisiana, received only minor injuries from the collision and had been northbound on the Natcher when he lost control of the semi and crossed the median causing the semi to roll over to its side before coming to rest.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the driver appeared to be under the influence of possible narcotics and he was placed under arrest. The driver was transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries before being booked in the Daviess County Detention Center for the charges of DUI, possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
The Natcher Parkway southbound lanes were closed until crews were able to offload the cargo and clear the wreck site, but has since reopened.