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Munitions Truck Crashes, Homes Evacuated

May 11, 1985

BONNIEVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ A truck carrying military explosives rammed into a tractor-trailer rig Friday, causing a fire that injured one man and forcing the evacuation of 60 people in two communities, police said.

The explosives truck had picked up munitions from the Navy Weapons Port Center in Crane, Ind., made a stop at Milan, Tenn., and was en route to Groton, Conn., at the time of the accident, said Chief Scott Kimbell, a Navy spokesman.

Kimbell said the truck was carrying 81-millimeter rounds from the Milan depot, smoke flares, and detonators.

″Only the flares burned. The ammunition did not ignite,″ Kimbell said.

State police Sgt. Tommy Loving said the evacuations were ordered for a few hours as a precaution while the explosives truck was moved.

The truck carrying explosives on a flatbed hit the rear of the other truck, which was stopped in an emergency lane, police said.

Roger Jenks, 43, of Clarksville, Ind., a passenger in the explosives truck, was airlifted to Humana Hospital University in Louisville, where he was reported in serious condition.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and the driver of the explosives truck was treated and released from a local hospital.

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