Helicopter called to Head-On Collision in Spottsville

Spottsville, Ky 1/19/21– Shortly before 11:30am this morning Henderson County emergency crews were called to the intersection of US 60 East & Old US 60 East in Spottsville for a head-on collision.  

Spottsville Community Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after dispatch reporting two vehicles involved with possible critical injuries to one of the drivers. Spottsville Fire Chief Nick Risley says, “As soon as we arrived on scene and noticed the extent of the impact and obtained the initial patient assessment, we immediately had a helicopter dispatched.”  

Henderson Deputies investigating the collision discovered that a passenger car driven by Amanda Vanover, 52 of Reed, hit a Republic Services garbage truck driven by William Mattingly, 57 of Evansville, head-on. Deputies learned that Vanover fell asleep at the wheel causing her vehicle to cross the center line colliding with the garbage truck head-on. 

According to the release, Vanover sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Vincent Hospital by helicopter. Mattingly and his passenger were not injured. 

Emergency responders had US HWY 60 closed at Old 60 for approximately 2 ½ hours while emergency personnel worked the collision and worked to clean up the debris. Chief Risley says fire crews had to utilize the Spottsville Elementary School’s entrance to set up a landing zone causing a sort of temporary lock-down at the school to keep everyone indoors. 

Also assisting at the scene was Deaconess EMS, Baskett Fire Department, Henderson City-County Rescue Squad, Air Evac Helicopter, Tri-State Towing and their Hazmat Team. 


Spottsville Firefighters and Tri-State Towing work to clean up the incident.