UPDATE: Victims identified in deadly police chase and crash in Somerset


UPDATE:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 9:10 p.m.

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police have identified two people who were killed during a police chase that ended in a crash Wednesday afternoon.

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Investigators say 33-year old Steven O. Vanhook, of Eubank, was killed while running from police when the car he was driving during the high-speed chase ran into the back of a pickup truck driven by 18-year old Dylan B. Snow, of Kings Mountain.  Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police.

Investigators say the collision pushed Snow’s pickup truck into the back of a police SUV that was stopped at the light at the intersection of US 27 and Adams Street in Somerset.  The driver, 57-year old Thomas Armstrong, of Somerset, is a police officer with the Department of Homeland Security.  He was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, according to KSP.

Investigators say it all began shortly after 3:30 p.m., when a Science Hill police officer saw Steven Vanhook driving recklessly southbound on US 27.  State Police say the officer activated his lights and siren and tried to pull Vanhook over, but that he refused to stop.

Investigators say Vanhook continued to drive south on US 27 at a high rate of speed for several miles until he ran into the back of Snow’s pickup truck.

The Science Hill police officer, whose name wasn’t released, was not involved in the collision and was not hurt, according to State Police.

A State Police crash reconstruction specialist is involved in the ongoing investigation.


Original story below:

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police is currently investigating a deadly accident on US 27 South in Somerset.

According to KSP, a Somerset police officer got into a vehicle pursuit on US 27 South. The driver, KSP says, sped, refusing to stop and ran into the back of a pickup truck.

KSP says two people died in the crash.

US 27 South is closed between Langdon Street and Oakhill Road while KSP works to clean up the scene.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) says the road is expected to be closed for the next four hours. KYTC says southbound traffic is being detoured via the Cumberland Pkwy to KY 914, then back to US 27.

SPD posted on Facebook asking drivers to avoid the area while reconstruction is underway.

The crash investigation is ongoing.


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