Knox Co. teacher dies in multiple vehicle crash

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Knox County Public Schools has confirmed a teacher has died in a crash that happened early Monday morning on US 25 E in Barbourville.

State Police say 35-year-old Lerissa Hall was driving a black 2012 Volvo tractor trailer when she hit 45-year-old Brian Justice in a 1999 Saturn.

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They say Justice died, and Hall was not injured in the crash. Justice was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County coroner.

Brian Justice was a teacher at Knox County Learning Academy. Knox County Public Schools has released a statement on the passing of Justice. Here is that statement.

“We are saddened by the death of one of our teachers, Brian Justice, who passed away this morning after being involved in a multiple vehicle accident. Brian was a teacher at Knox County Learning Academy and an employee of KCPS for two years. Prior to coming to Knox County, Justice worked in Tennessee as an educator. During his time at KCPS he helped coach the Lynn Camp football team.

Students at Knox County Learning Academy will have the opportunity to talk to counselors today about some of their concerns. For parents of Learning Academy students, your child may want to talk to you about his or her feelings. Talking about feelings will help your child deal with this tragic event.

Our sincere condolences go out to Mr. Justice’s family. Please keep them in thought and prayer.”

State Police say drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash.