Multi-vehicle collision in Cave City results in fatalities, injuries

CAVE CITY, Ky. – At 10:48 p.m. Friday, Kentucky State Police Post 3 were called to a multiple-vehicle wreck near 4446 Happy Valley Road.

The state police preliminary investigation indicates Richard S. Gray, 57, of Lansing, Mich. was operating a 2019 Freightliner semi-truck traveling west on Happy Valley Road when the semi-truck crossed the centerline of the road into the path of oncoming traffic.  Gray’s vehicle struck the rear trailer of a 2015 Freightliner commercial vehicle that was traveling east, being driven by Mihail Strungav, 33, of New Orleans, La. Gray’s vehicle continued its path of travel, striking a second vehicle traveling eastbound, a 2004 Ford Econoline van being operated by William D. Johnson, 47, of Louisville, Ky. A 2018 Nissan pickup traveling behind Johnson’s vehicle, was also struck by Gray’s semi truck before all involved vehicles came to final rest.  It was being driven by Seth T. Arterburn, 26, of Cave City.

Gray was pronounced deceased on scene by the Barren County Coroner’s Office.  Strungav did not report any injury while on scene.  Johnson was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center In Nashville, Tenn. and died hours later. A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle, Latoya P. Britton, 44,  along with Arterburn were treated and released from T.J. Sampson Community Hospital.

The investigation remains open.