Two women died in separate auto accidents in Hart County over the weekend.

Three others were injured, one seriously, in one of the wrecks which occurred on I-65.

The victims were identified as Rhonda Hayes, 32, of Louisville and Belinda Posey, 31, of the Hart County community of Canmer.

Hayes was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 4:15 a.m. Saturday in a two-vehicle wreck some two miles south of Horse Cave on I-65.

Posey died in a single vehicle wreck on Defries Road near Canmer shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.

In the accident on the interstate, three other persons were injured including the driver of the car which struck Hayes’ car, Paul Penager, 46, of Atlanta.

Kentucky State Police reports say Penager was northbound on I-65 at the 56-mile marker when he crossed the median and was struck on the passenger side by the 2002 Pontiac driven by Hayes. The Penager 2005 Pontiac Vibe then traveled over a guardrail and hit a tree.

A passenger in Hayes car, Kelli Keith, 41, of Elizabethtown was seriously injured and taken to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Hart County Deputy Coroner Raymond Day pronounced Hayes dead at the scene.

Penager and a passenger, Jamel McDowell, 20, also of Atlanta, were transported by ambulance to the T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

KSP Detective Michael May is assisting lead investigator Trooper Derek Grant in the case.

– Car overturns, driver ejected

Belinda Posey was traveling alone in her 1989 Ford southbound at the 7000 block of Defries Road when KSP reports the vehicle left the roadway and overturned, ejecting Posey.

She was taken to the Caverna Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Hart County Coroner.

Hart County EMS and Hart County VFD assisted the coroner and Trooper Lonnie Hodges at the scene.


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