2 dead after crash in Ashland; investigation underway


ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ)- State Police are investigating a deadly crash after two people died.

They say the crash happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday at the junction of the Carl Perkins Bridge and US Highway 23 North in the South Shore community.

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Investigators say 65-year-old Larry Copley was driving a 2001 Peterbilt tractor-trailer with cargo, traveling north bound when 60-year-old Barbara Combs attempted to make a left hand turn in the south bound lane. Witnesses say Combs disregarded the stop light and failed to yield to the tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer hit Combs’ in the driver side door.

KSP says Combs and her passenger, 81-year-old Mary Potter were pronounced dead at the scene by the Greenup County coroner. They say Combs had her seat belt on, while Potter didn’t.

At this time no criminal charges have been filed as a result of the collision, and alcohol is not a suspected contributor.