Columbia Man Airlifted After Three Vehicle Injury Collision On Campbellsville Road

On Monday, March 11th, 2024 at around 4:43p.m., Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 3 vehicle collision, with injuries, just inside the city limits on KY 55 North.

The collision occurred when Charles Barnes, 91, of Columbia, who was operating a 2016 KIA attempted to make a turn from a private drive onto KY 55. 

Barnes pulled into the path of a 2013 Chevy Cruze operated by Michael Keene, 63, of Columbia, who was traveling south on KY 55.

Keene was unable to avoid contact with Barnes, striking the vehicle in drivers side.

Keene’s vehicle then spun into the northbound lane of KY 55, where it was struck by a 2015 Nissan operated by Elmer Yoder, 32, of Columbia, who was traveling north.

Barnes was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia, where he was then airlifted by helicopter to the University of Louisville.

A passenger in Keene’s vehicle was treated on scene and then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.

Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch  is investigating the collision.

He was assisted by Deputy Jason Camfield.

Agencies responding: Adair County 911, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia Police Department, Adair County EMS and Columbia – Adair County Fire.

(Sheriff Josh Brockman – Adair County Sheriff’s Office)